It took 18 months and a lot of hard work from a big group of people to replace the old playground equipment at Garvin Park with a brand new playground.
That playground was dedicated Tuesday at noon and about two dozen children were playing on it by 12:30 p.m.
Mayor Kristey Williams told the group at the ribbon cutting that in January of 2012 the city had an inspector come in and he found that the equipment at the park wasn't the safest for the children of the community.
She said the City Council budgeted $100,000 to go toward replacing the equipment but the playground would cost far more than that so the city would have to wait and save the money.
But Park Board member Myrna Rogers began working diligently to help find the extra money more quickly. Her hard work and dedication resulted in a matching grant that helped cover the cost of the new facility.
An emotional Rogers spoke at Tuesday's dedication.
"Everyone involved dedicated themselves to a playground that will serve the community for many years," Rogers said. "To all of you, I say 'thank you.'"