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CHS Pics | Cutting the ribbon at the new and improved Volunteer Park playground

Kids from Stevens Elementary School cut the ribbon with a comically large pair of scissors, and several small pairs of scissors.

The overhauled and more accesible Volunteer Park playground was celebrated Friday night with music — and lots of play.

Playground Crowd

(Images: Jim Simandl for CHS)

Opened to the public last month after a $600,000 construction project to create new paths, bridges and play structures while maintaining popular existing features like the Block (“bone”) play sculpture created by artist Chas Smith in 1962.

City and Seattle Parks officials including City Council member Sally Bagshaw were on hand as Choir5 from nearby Stevens Elementary performed. And, while it wasn’t exactly a sunny late afternoon, it didn’t rain on the new simulated fossils, musical play sculptures, sand box and more added to the more than 100-year-old Olmsted Brothers park. The popular wade pool returns to service — now with new paths, benches and a picnic area — again in June.

More pictures below.

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