elm creek playgroundFor students returning to Elm Creek, Rice Lake and Rush Creek elementary schools this fall, recess just got an upgrade.

Through a partnership with the City of Maple Grove, those three sites are recipients of playground makeovers this summer. It’s part of an ongoing process organized by the city to ensure the play structures remain in top condition, said Jeff Evenson, superintendent of parks and planning with the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board.

“We have a program to replace playgrounds as they become worn,” he added. “This year’s playground updates incorporate new nets and climbing features. Things have changed so much in the past 15 years, so this is definitely an upgrade.”

The process to replace the play structures at Elm Creek, Rice Lake and Rush Creek schools was many months in the making. Evenson said the city worked with stakeholders at each school in a “very collaborative” process to generate ideas and solicit feedback.

Elm Creek Elementary’s new playground was completed earlier this summer and is ready for use. Evenson noted that the Rice Lake and Rush Creek playgrounds will be completed prior to the first day of school on Sept. 5.

PHOTO: Students enjoy the new playground at Elm Creek Elementary this summer.