- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

DENVER, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of volunteers have started working long days to build a playground in the northeast Iowa city of Denver.

About 70 people began work Wednesday morning and planned shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until an expected completion Sunday, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1EadGjn).

The new playground has been named Cyclone City.

Denver residents and businesses are loaning tools for the effort.

After planning the work for so many months, volunteer Jason Walters said he was ready to begin the construction.

“It’s almost like a celebration at this point,” Walters said.

Many of the volunteers are from Denver High School, including some basketball team members recruited by coach Kyle Matthias.

Matthias said it wasn’t hard to get volunteers.

“Once word was out, (team members) were coming to me,” Matthias said.

Besides volunteering, residents raised more than $200,000 for the project. The city also contributed $75,000 and more money came from a bank and community groups.

While many people wielded tools, others prepared meals and provided child care for parents who volunteered.

“The work’s not just here. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes,” said Dave Larson, who helped coordinate the project.

Denver is a city of about 1,700 people, 15 miles north of Waterloo.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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