Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau has responded very well to project playground, an effort to rebuild the playground gutted by a fire last year.
A public meeting attracted 25 people to Centennial Hall last night to get an update on the plans for the playground. CBJ Project manager Alexandra Pierce said they plan to replace certain elements, but most of the playground about 90 percent will remain the same. Insurance has provided $1.3 million so far.
Pierce said the playground went from a nightmare to something really inspirational, "Seeing the outpouring of grief from the community and the amazing turnout for the May 3 community meeting; the people who wanted to volunteer to restart the rebuild process was really heartening and really is what makes this community great."
Construction on the playground is expected in June and July. A five day community work period will be held in August and officials hope to open the playground back up next September.
The community has also raised $177,000 in donations for the project. Individuals, families, and businesses can purchase fence pickets to raise more funds. It costs $60 for the individual or family and $120 for a business.
Some new parts of the project could include an artificial turf play field, benches, bike racks, and additional tires and swings.