The city of Greensburg announced last week via Facebook that the new play equipment in the swimming pool park will be ready from May 27th and children can play on it. Even though the equipment was installed, it took the concrete a few more days to set before the fun could begin. On May 31st at 1 p.m. the ribbon was cut and within a few minutes the children were testing the new equipment to find their favorite attraction.

“It’s been used a lot this week,” said Stacy Barnes, city administrator. “The pool opened on June 3rd, so I’m sure the whole block was climbed with kids all week.”

That idea has been whirled around for several years, according to Barnes. Even before the pool was built, there were ideas to develop the area into a children’s place and a community park. In addition to the new pool, there are also several covered picnic tables and now the new playground.

“The addition of the playground equipment to this corner rounds it off,” said Barnes.

Greensburg City Council currently has no plans to add anything to the area, but the next project would likely be new sidewalks, according to Barnes. The current sidewalk is pre-tornado and is deteriorating in some places. Something can be added to the northwest corner of the block, but nothing is currently being worked on to fill that void.

The equipment was purchased and installed by AB Creative, a park and play equipment company based in De Soto, Kansas.

The recycled tire mulch was partially funded by the KDHE Waste Tire Grant Program. The set picnic tables, also made from recycled tires, were partly paid for by the same program. The equipment was paid for by a generous Texas donor, Charles Wise. Wise has supported the Greensburg community’s rebuilding and recovery efforts since the tornado, and the city council, along with Barnes, thought this new playground would be a great way for the community to make the most of Wise’s generosity.