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Ready, set, build: Cottage Grove inclusive playground bids approved by council

The Mendota Heights Rotary Club donated $21,000 to the project at the April 5 city council meeting. Katie Nelson / Bulletin

The inclusive playground will built this summer in Woodridge Park, but just how much of it is still up in the air until June.

The playground is 90 percent funded, which can cover a base option for the playground that leaves off some of the features. Two other alternatives add on those features, and can be built this summer, depending on funding available by June 1.

The city council April 5 awarded a bid to LSI for the playground equipment and installation for $597,000. The council also approved two alternates bids that will add more features for $639,000 and $688,000, if those funds are available by the summer construction date.

The task force is nearing the goal, but still has over $75,000 left to fundraise.

A Lions Club International grant for $100,000 may come in in early May if they are awarded the funds, and would allow for full funding on the playground.

Regardless of which alternative can be funded, the playground will be installed this summer.

Inclusive playground equipment allows for play regardless of disabilities.

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