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Rebuilding Patriarche Park Begins

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(WLNS) - Community members in East Lansing are having some fun in the sun this week as they rebuild a playground in Patriarche Park.

Since 1995 the park served as a wooden paradise for children.

But last year the park was torn down because it contained deadly chemicals.

The mid-Michigan park had a wooden playground with a preservative containing arsenic.

Back in December the popular playground was torn down by the city of East Lansing.

And now a new project involving the entire community is underway.

It's being called Patriarche Park re-imagined and over the course of the next four days nearly 400 volunteers will help build a brand new playground.

Park officials say the rebuild started in the community as a fundraiser. People are giving small donations and large donations to help fund the project that's being put on by the Rotary Club of East Lansing and the city of East Lansing.

Rotary Club members say about 32,000 kids and their families come from throughout Michigan every year to play at the park.

Volunteers will continue to rebuild the new eco-friendly playground for the next four days but the final project will not be completed until late August.

Stay with 6 News on-air, at, on or follow @WLNS on Twitter for 6 News as we follow the progress of the park rebuild project.

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