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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 pm

The new All-Abilities playground has an opening date.

More than two years after the official groundbreaking, the park will open to the public Tuesday, July 29. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The All-Abilities playground will not be open to the public prior to the grand opening.

The playground is expected to be 100 percent complete.

Even though the playground will be ready, the site won’t be totally finished. Some landscaping work will continue after the opening.

Additionally a pavilion won’t be installed on the site in time for the opening. In June the city council approved a pavilion called an ultra shelter. The pavilion will be 20-foot by 20-foot.

Earlier this month Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said city crews were putting the finishing touches on the playground. He said tiling needed to be finished as well as the last parts put in place.

Because of alterations in the design after construction began, crews didn’t receive pieces of the ramp and decking until July. Dunkle said those parts were the last pieces of the puzzle.

The playground has been in the works for several years. Plans were discussed for the park, which is partially funded by the Washington Jaycees, in late 2011. The official groundbreaking for the project was April 2, 2012.

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