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Powers Elementary playground remodel enters final stages

Volunteers worked on the demolition of the old playground and began installing brand new play structures at Powers Elementary. (SBG photo)

POWERS, Ore. -- The Powers Elementary playground remodel has been in the making for a year and a half, and it's now in the final stages.

Volunteers got to work on the demolition of the playground this weekend and began installing brand new play structures.

Some of the old pieces on the playground were nearly a hundred years old, officials said.

Local and statewide organizations donated to the project, which cost about $80,000.

The kids at the school got involved too, hosting fundraisers such as a bike-a-thon.

"For me it's just refreshing to see a positive side of influencing kids,” said cohort volunteer Joanne Shorb. “As director of the Kids’ Hope Center, I don't always see a lot of the happy stories and happy endings, so for me personally, it's really fulfilling.

“Knowing this community, being married to someone who's from this community, I know it means a lot to the kids’ families and school district as a whole."

Shorb says the playground should be finished by this Saturday.

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