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Renovations underway at Clark Park in West Union

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After more than four years of fundraising, new playground equipment is in place at Clark Park in West Union. It's the first of four phases to renovate the park.

Phase one was completed thanks largely to a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant.

"The Pepsi Refresh grants started a couple years ago and basically set out to spend $20 million across the nation," said Dan Rousselow with PepsiCo.

"There were codes inside the Pepsi caps and people had to enter those caps and they could only enter 10 a day, so it took a lot of people in the community to enter caps for us to win this grant," said Kathy Guyer with West Union Parks and Rec.

Guyer said Clark Park was built in 1965, with few updates since then.

"This park had not been updated in 30 years. So it was the same equipment I played on, my kids played on and it really wasn't safe anymore. So we needed to update this park really badly," said Kathy Guyer.

Kids in the area are very happy to have the new playground equipment.

"There was nobody in this park before we had this playground and since the playground was installed earlier this summer there has been somebody here everyday. It's wonderful to see kids coming back to the park," said Guyer.

Phase two of revitalizing Clark Park includes a basketball court, phase three is to consolidate existing preschool equipment to one area and phase four is putting new concrete under the shelter. The goal is to have everything done by next spring.

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