NEW PLAYSCAPE: Natural Play Area Opens

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Metro kids can celebrate the opening of a new place to play. Des Moines Parks and Recreation will mark the grand opening of the city’s first natural playscape in Sargent Park. It’s located in the 3500 block of East Douglas Avenue.

The playscape is the city’s first play area made of mostly natural materials. It includes, tunnels, logs and a slide. A spokesperson says the project cost $300,000. The goal is to encourage kids to connect with the outdoors.

Jen Fletcher with the Des Moines Parks and Recreation says, “Kids don’t really spend a whole lot of time outdoors and engaging in nature. And, we really felt it was important in this day and age to get them out and really connect with natural elements like rocks and sand and dirt and that kind of thing.”

The fun starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.