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Finally, it’s time to play

September 3, 2013
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

COPPER HARBOR - After three years of fundraising, the Copper Harbor School's new playground equipment is installed and open for kids.

The playground was dedicated in a ceremony at the Grant Township Park Monday.

Miranda Kilpela Davis, school board president for Grant Township Schools, came up with the idea for the new equipment three years ago. Since then, they've raised $150,000.

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Marty Faassen and Miranda Kilpela Davis, members of the committee behind building a new playground for the Copper Harbor School, cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony Monday as the school’s students look on.

It's come from more than 3,000 donors, ranging from people dropping coins in collection boxes to local businesses donating thousands of dollars.

"The support for the playground has been widespread and all-inclusive from the beginning," she said. "To say we are overwhelmed is an understatement."

The new playground is split into an upper and lower portion for different age groups. Amenities include multiple slides, climbing rings, a dome and swings.

"We decided to shoot for the moon, and get what Copper Harbor really deserved," Davis said. "And it worked."

Community volunteers, including one with a backhoe, installed the new equipment on Aug. 24.

There's still a little more work to do. Landscaping and seating will be done through the fall and spring.

Sitting disassembled behind the crowd Monday was the old playground equipment. That will be going to the playground in Copper City.

Immediately after the ribbon-cutting, children swarmed the playground and began exploring the new space.

"I really like it," said Taylor Probst, a third-grader at the Copper Harbor School. "It's going to be really fun to play on this every day when I go to school."



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