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Hamburg community playground opens to the public Friday evening

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday.

The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life.

[Photo gallery of building the playground]

The new playground includes five slides, swings, ring climber, spinner, two-way zip line, tight rope bridge, fire pole and more, including accessible play pieces that will meet the needs of a variety of children.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will include remarks from local officials as well as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, children will get the run of the structure for the first time.

The playground is opening after two years of planning, designing and fundraising. Construction took place last month with hundreds of volunteers. The playground was designed by Parkitects, which says it is the largest playground the company has created in Western New York.

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