Volunteers Rebuild Parkersburg Playground

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By Aaron Hepker

PARKERSBURG (AP) - School is returning to normal for students at Parkersburg Elementary School.

Volunteers have spent the past week building a new playground which was destroyed when a tornado plowed through the city more than a year ago.

Volunteer coordinator Diane Manifold says she got offers for help from people all over the state. Other people just showed up to help, knowing the work had to be done.

It's the third phase of a $500,000 project that began in April with the construction of a playground east of town, and the recently dedicated Miracle Park, near the city's swimming pool. Equipment was purchased through local fund raising efforts and a matching grant from the Miracle Recreation Equipment Co., in Missouri. The school district also contributed money to the project.

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