Playground ribbon cutting set for Monday

Playground_SG-1By Steve Guntli

At long last, Blaine’s new Marine Park playground will open on Monday, October 12.

The project has been in the works for more than a year, and has endured several setbacks that caused the city to delay  the opening from to mid-October. Now, the pieces are in place, the construction is done and the city is ready to cut the ribbon.

Alex Wenger, deputy community developer, said the city plans to commemorate the opening with a special ceremony on the evening of October 12. At 5 p.m., city officials will cut the ribbon and allow kids to play on the nautical-themed play set for the first time.

Refreshments will be available. The opening will also feature a speech from Blaine Birch Bay Parks and Recreation District 2 director Jeff Carrington and a performance from the Blaine High School band.

The city is still seeking donations to add other amenities to the playground in the future, such as picnic tables, benches, trashcans and free Wi-Fi access. Donors who have already contributed to the playground will be honored with bronze plaques in the shape of local marine life on a concrete wall in the playground.

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