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New Hampton Rotary Club contributes $75,000 to renovate park

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Children are loving the newly renovated Wooden Wonderland Park in New Hampton. The park was built in 1990 by the New Hampton Rotary Club.

This year, the club is celebrating 75 years and decided to raise $75,000 to upgrade the park to make it more accessible and educational.

"Younger kids and kids maybe with mobility challenges, visually impaired children that might need sensory stimulation," said Jennifer Monteith with the New Hampton Rotary Club.

The new area includes sensory toys and an imaginary play area. It's already a popular stop for kids.

"Being physically active is important for all of us and especially children. This is a great place to do it. It's safe," said Monteith.

The New Hampton Rotary Club began fundraising in March. Thanks to all types of donations and lots of volunteers, the park renovations are nearly complete. It's something that would have taken the New Hampton Parks and Recreation Department years to do on its own.

"It would have taken a long time to secure the money for this project. $75,000 in a budget our size is a lot of money. We would have done one piece at a time. This way it gets done in one summer," said Rick Kramer with New Hampton Parks and Rec.

Kramer said many organizations step up to help maintain the town, including the city's six community parks.

"In a small town, we depend on those organizations, and they always step up. They never say no," said Kramer.

Thanks to a community effort, children of all ages now have even more equipment to enjoy at Wooden Wonderland Park.

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