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Construction of new playground set at Banita Creek Park underway

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Source: City of Nacogdoches Source: City of Nacogdoches

For couple of years now, Banita Creek Park, in Nacogdoches has been looking bare. The 1980s playground set was demolished because of the wood rotting, causing safety issues. This week, City of Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation announced construction is the new play set is underway.

"Oh I'm so excited. I'm probably more excited than my kids," said Michelle Cox, a mother to six children.

She said, she is constantly busy, and is often is search of new ideas to get the kids outdoors. She is also the president of Parks Advocacy League who are pushing for the construction. 

"I love having places for them to go climb and explore," Cox said. "You know burn some energy. I've been this close to begging the city everyday, tell me when it's coming, tell me when it's coming because I'm excited because I want to know when it's opening day is going to be."

Brian Bray, director of communication services with City of Nacogdoches said the City Council approved the budget to bring in a new playground set in November.

"This week the parks department removed the remaining swings, removed the borders, took out all the mulch out and as soon as it dries, no more rain this weekend, hopefully they'll begin installing on Monday," Bray said.

In total, the new design will cost $147,000 where through the help of grants, the city will be responsible for $107,000.

Bray said the old wooden playground set was original to the park, however overtime it had decayed.

"That playground had reached end of its life, so we removed the wooden play structure but still left two swing sets because they were absolutely fine," Bray said.

Now, those swing sets have been removed in order to make room for the newly designed play structure based on pine trees, something Cox and her children are looking forward to.

"I think it helps kids with their creativity when they have different options," Cox said.

Construction on the playground set should be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.

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