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When spring returns, area children will have something new to play on at the Grant County Park in Crittenden.
Thanks to a matching grant received by the Grant County Parks and Recreation, a new play structure will be installed at the park designed for 2- to 5-year-olds.
The $12,000 playground equipment, which includes a small slide and climbing wall, will replace existing equipment near the Bobby Gibson Field at the park.
“That equipment has been there for quite some time,” said Tabatha Clemons, parks and recreation director. “It’s in need of replacement. That’s why I went after this grant.”
The grant through the playground company GameTime and local distributor David Williams and Associates will pay for 44 percent of the cost while the county will provide the remaining portion.
“The grant is to help with obesity rates and give kids in rural areas places to play,” Clemons said.
The plan is for the new equipment to be in place by the time baseball starts in the spring.
“It was wonderful to receive the grant,” Clemons said. “We were really fortunate that we were able to turn it around in enough time to get funding. It’s huge to be able to get that funding and to be able to have the support of the fiscal court to have the matching funds available.”