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Town of Normal Approves New Playground Equipment, Upgrades to Area Parks

NORMAL – Good news is in store for area children looking for a fun place to play.
NORMAL – Good news is in store for area children looking for a fun place to play.

New playground equipment will be coming to two area parks.

On Monday night, town council approved upgrades for both Maxwell and Ironwood Parks.

New equipment will cost about $100,000 dollars with funding coming from the town's capital fund.

Leaders say tax dollars have been set aside for this purpose.

Council also approved a proposal to build a new shelter at Underwood Park, using federal funding.

City Manager Mark Peterson says the popularity of the outdoor areas has caused equipment to be heavily used and worn down.

“That's part of our infrastructure.  It's just as important as roads and sidewalks.  Our recreational infrastructure, I think that's what makes a community have a great quality of life."

In other matters, town leaders chose to terminate the lease with Amtrak to gain ownership of the old depot located off Linden Street.

They want to renovate the building, giving passengers another spot to use while waiting for trains.

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