Updated: 03/12/2014 6:10 AM
Created: 03/11/2014 4:00 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
As the weather warms up Minnesota kids are itching to hit the playground.
But after a quick inspection of some jungle gyms, slides and monkey bars, Minneapolis park officials have found many are showing the effects of wear and tear. About three dozen parks will be getting a facelift.
KSTP spoke with Nichole Starks who frequents the playground at Pearl Park with her daughter Audrey in the summer. "We bring her down several times a week, maybe four times a week," she said.
Starks has heard about change in the air for several parks. "It's exciting to get new equipment for the kids," she said.
Bruce Chamberlain of the Minneapolis Park Board says 35 playgrounds are up for facelifts. The current playgrounds were built in the early 1990's. "We have about 110 playgrounds within the system. Every 20 to 25 years they all need to be replaced," he said.
First up for new looks will be Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Dickman Park, Stevens Square Park and Fuller Park. The playgrounds at each park will be closed and fenced in during construction, which is expected to take approximately four to eight weeks.
Right now the board has more than $6 million for playground replacement. "Every playground has a budget that ranges from about $130,000 to that $400,000 range depending on the needs of that particular playground," Chamberlain said.
Work on the new playgrounds should start this fall and should be done by the end of the year.