Chautauqua Park playground equipment ready for kids

The new playground equipment at Chautauqua Park, which includes a wide variety of inclusive equipment and springy flooring material, is open for kids to enjoy, and more than a few of them have already started to do just that.

Aria Flores, 6, of Worthington, spins Jane Zambrano, 3, on new playground playground equipment Wednesday at Chautauqua Park. (Kari Lucin / The Globe)

The Early Risers Kiwanis group earned $25,000 in playground equipment when their contest entry won the Legacy of Play competition, sponsored by Kiwanis International and Landscape Structures, Inc.

The accessible equipment includes many options for children of different ability levels, and the rubbery surface on the ground is springy for safety, but flat and safe for wheelchairs too. The equipment also includes musical features, swings, slides and a ground-level merry-go-round.

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

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