- Associated Press - Friday, July 21, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - City engineers have determined the dirt at a Juneau playground that burned down in April is not contaminated.

After crews finished cleaning up the Twin Lakes Playground, city engineers tested the dirt and found it to be safe, the Juneau Empire reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2tNdXnV ).

The next step is reseeding the area for grass.

The grass will be going in during the next few weeks and then the area will be open to the public again.

The city is currently accepting proposals for the design of the new playground, which is scheduled to go up this fall.



The selected design proposal will focus on building a safer and more accessible playground.

The city’s insurance is paying for the cleanup and to rebuild the playground, but the steering committee is looking to gather funds to improve the playground’s safety and accessibility.

Community members have shown no hesitancy in opening their checkbooks since the playground burned down April 24, as the Juneau Community Foundation has raised more than $160,000.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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