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City breaks ground on new playground at Simpson

A new $300,000 playground at Simpson Recreation Center in Northwood is expected to open in May.

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Frankford resident Tom Garland and local children break ground Tuesday, March 26, on a new playground to be built at Simpson Recreation Center in Northwood. JACK TOMCZUK / TIMES PHOTO

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez joined local children and neighbors Tuesday, March 26, for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Simpson Recreation Center in Northwood.

In September, officials unveiled plans to construct a new $300,000 playground at Simpson, 1010 Arrott St. Work is expected to begin shortly, and representatives from Quinones-Sanchez’s office estimated the play area would be finished in early May.

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The new playground will have equipment for younger and older children, and it is designed to be accessible for people with disabilities.

Quinones-Sanchez, at the groundbreaking, thanked members of the Northwood and Frankford community.

“We’re really, really committed in our office to safe spaces for young children,” she said. “The idea is that all of the parks become walkable and accessible to all.”

It’s the second phase of an effort to renovate Simpson. The first part was a $650,000 project to stabilize the rec center building.

Quinones-Sanchez said the playground project was included in the city’s capital plan and is not part of the Rebuild program, which is funded by the soda tax. ••

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