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Jüterbog seek to name new playground

What could be more pleasant on 1 June – Children’s Day in eastern Germany – than the opening of a new playground on a bright sunny day?
Thanks to a citizens’ initiative, a shared playground has been developed on the green at Kreisbahnplatz in Jüterbog. The initiative began when the Graf carpentry firm raised €1,200.00 for a football goal to mark the company’s anniversary. However, it is difficult to play football with just one goal, and so more and more money was raised until Landtag member Sieglinde Heppener brought the town’s attention to a nationwide competition for adventure playgrounds. A concept was quickly developed and schools, retirement homes and interested residents were surveyed. The result? Jüterbog won 1st prize – €50,000!

This competition win enabled Jüterbog to commission SIK-Holz® to build the playground equipment. By the end of 2013, the play area was complete and a mild winter meant it was in continuous use. The opening of the playground, organised with minimum effort, offered proof that the prize had been put to good use. Large numbers of local people from every generation came along to play boules and take part in the football tournament or to play on the swings, seesaw and in the sandpit. Every part of the new play area was in use. Face painting, a mobile play site, refreshments and music ensured that celebrations lasted well into the evening.

The only thing the playground still lacks is a name. Names proposed during the celebration included “Spielplatzinsel”, “Bolzböckchen” and “Wunderbahn”. We look forward to finding out which one is selected!

We would like to thank the town of Jüterbog, the citizens’ initiative and all those involved for their cooperation and commitment in creating a play area that spans the generations.

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