Tuesday night, the Burnsville City Council signed off on a playground reconstruction project at Cliff Fen Park that will begin in spring. What was known as Skyland Playground will be rebuilt and rebranded as the “Burnsville Lions Playground.”
The play area near the Minnesota River was originally built in 1990 with funds and volunteers from a business named Skyline Displays. The playground's key identifying feature was a wooden castle which was dismantled in November.
The total cost of the new playground is $300,000. The Lions kicked in $50,000 to the update, which allowed the city to include additional features.
The proposal was warmly welcomed by the council, which is headed by Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, herself a member of the Lions.
"My children played in this park. With the Lions help this went from a very good project to a great project," said Council Member Bill Coughlin.
Construction will begin in spring sets, with a grand opening during "I Love Burnsville Week" in the first week of June.