Lawler Park gets three new pieces of playground equipment

Lawler Playground
Children will soon be able to enjoy three new pieces of playground equipment at Lawler Park.

By Ted Pennekamp

The city of Prairie du Chien has recently installed three new pieces of playground equipment in Lawler Park and the equipment will be ready for use as soon as wood chips are laid down for safety.

“This is another upgrade for Lawler Park,” said Parks and Recreation Directory Mike Ulrich, who noted that all of the city’s parks have been upgraded within the last few years. Ulrich said that the new equipment consists of a hex climber/traverse, an arch tire swing and a single post swing. Ulrich also noted that a 40-year-old swing that was in declining shape has been removed.

The new equipment has been placed in a partially shaded area and farther from the road for increased safety. Ulrich said that eventually benches will be installed near the new equipment so that parents can sit comfortably and watch their children. Also, one of the swing sets can easily be expanded in the future if the city so chooses. The new equipment is expected to last 40 years.

Ulrich said that the new equipment is part of the five-year plan for Lawler Park. The equipment cost $7,296. The money came from $15,387.50 which was in an account created in 1989, that was recently rediscovered by the city. The money in this account came from the 18th Street Deferred Special Assessment so no tax money was used to purchase the equipment.

“This will be another nice asset to Lawler Park,” Ulrich said.

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