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Two-year effort pays off

 

Turf is rolled out with the help of volunteers and supervisors from the playground and surfacing companies. From left is Jayson Jacoby, David Schildknecht and Manuel Garcia. Standing in baker is Elaine Sheerman, who developed the surfacing system called SMARTE. (Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald)
Turf is rolled out with the help of volunteers and supervisors from the playground and surfacing companies. From left is Jayson Jacoby, David Schildknecht and Manuel Garcia. Standing in baker is Elaine Sheerman, who developed the surfacing system called SMARTE. (Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald)

By Pat Caldwell

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The project began, really, with mud. 

And dirt. 

And old playground equipment.

The idea to produce new playground equipment for Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City was fueled by a muffled sense of frustration for a group of local mothers who decided one day to get involved and to initiate change.

They didn’t know exactly how they were going to accomplish their goal; they didn’t have any money; they didn’t have a firm plan. All they really knew was that they were tired of traveling to one of Baker City’s beautiful parks and watching their children play in mud, dirt and on antiquated playground equipment.

See more in the May 16 issue of the Baker City Herald.

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