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Grant helps Mount Hood Town Hall rebuild playground

A $75,000 grant was awarded to the Mount Hood Town Hall by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission in fall 2013 to put toward a new playground. A $5,000 donation was also given by Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District. The project is finally coming around full circle.

The park has been steadily worked on since the money came in. Workers have removed the old playground parts, leveled the ground, poured concrete, ordered a custom play set picked out by volunteers, and installed new landscaping.

A new play set is to be added into the new park, along with a 10-foot swing set.

At the beginning of construction, Mount Hood Town Hall organizers stressed volunteer contributions. The turnout of volunteers has been fantastic, according to Scott Baker, HRVPD assistant director. A total of $36,000 in donated materials, equipment and labor was applied to the building of the playground.

Even though there has been a lot of progress made on the park, there is still a lot of work to be done; mainly landscaping. Volunteers and donations are still being accepted, according to Baker. For more information about volunteering or donating, contact Baker at 541-490-6393 or parkprogams@gorge.net.

The project is right on schedule. It is expected to be open after June 1 and it will be open before the Centennial Celebration, which is June 28.

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On May 14-15, Oregon’s Recreation and Park Association will hold a Playground Installation Workshop at the Town Hall. ORPA’s Maintenance and Construction Section is offering an opportunity to learn playground construction fundamentals and tips from veteran playground professionals.

The fee will be $110 for ORPA members and $150 for non-members. Fees include classroom instruction, daily lunch and refreshments, hands-on sessions, mentoring by ORPA playground experts, and commemorative T-shirt.

To register, go to ORPA.org. For more information contact Jerry Burgess at 503-629-6360 or jburgess@thprd.org.

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