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McKinley Park playground demolition begins

Efforts to rebuild the fire-damaged McKinley Park playground hit a milestone when its destruction and demolition began bright and early Thursday morning. Most of the playground, which fell victim to arson last year, was auctioned off Wednesday evening. American Technologies Inc. was on site Thursday morning to disassemble the structure so that auctioned items could be removed. The demoliton of the standing supports will be Thursday, Aprill 11 – weather permiting.

The new playground was put together by Play By Design in collaboration with local youth and residents.

Check out some shots of the American Technologies, Inc. team carefully dismantling the playground. 




Steve Swindel reviews the list of auctioned items before marking for disassembly.

Dan Frame and team discuss the careful removal of one of the auctioned items.

Swing sets were auctioned off.

The first bolt is removed

Dan Frame, Project Manager, reviews the status of the first stages of the demolition.

The first piece of the playground is removed.

An auctioned park bench is cut away from it posts.


The second beam is removed.


Beam three is unbolted.


Posts and supports are now ready for demolition next week.


A park bench is removed from the demolition area.

The rest of the auction items were removed throughout the day in preparation for the final demolition.

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