SALTILLO – People who visited Saltillo City Park on Saturday walked into the Jungle.
After more than four years of planning and fundraising, the new playground, named the Jungle, finally opened.
Dozens of people showed up to admire the park’s newest addition. New slides, monkey bars and swings were put to good use by children and adults alike.
The $150,000 project has been spearheaded by the Saltillo Junior Women’s Club.
“It feels great to see all these kids here enjoying the playground,” said club member Mindy Johnson. “We and the community have worked on it for many years and have had a lot of help in getting it done.”
A $30,000 E.R. Carpenter grant and $50,000 from the city of Saltillo, along with other donations, helped to get the park started, said Johnson.
Saturday’s ribbon-cutting was just the first phase of the project. Johnson said the club plans to put in a bigger slide and megatower soon.
The park is still about $150,000 away from competition.
Saltillo Elementary School student Jenny Johnson was on hand to cut the ribbon. It was Jenny who gave the playground its name three years ago.
The girl said she just imagined about where a tiger would like to play, thinking of the mascot for the Saltillo School District.
Mayor Bill Williams said the Jungle is a terrific addition to the park.
“It will give a gathering place for families,” said Williams. “This playground will be a great tool to enhance relationships in our community and that’s what community building is about.”
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