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A quarter-century ago, the people of Springettsbury Township teamed up to build their kids a new playground.

Most of that project is still standing at the township park off Mount Zion Road, but its wooden features are out of date and due for replacement.

So the township is rallying the community once again to build a new place for kids to be kids — and they're calling it the "next generation playground."

"This is the next generation of those people" who built the first one, said Abby Gibb, a spokeswoman for the township.

The estimated budget for the project is about $474,250, she said.

So far, the township has secured $125,000 in a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Work continues to raise more money through grants, sponsorships and donations, Gibb said.

On Thursday, the township invited residents to the park to check out potential designs and offer feedback.

More sessions will be held, but none have been scheduled yet, Gibb said.

In the meantime, residents can visit a website devoted to the project at www.nextgenerationplayground.com.

There, you can browse modern playground features with names like the triple ring fling, the manta ray climber, the gemini slidewinder and the turbo twister.

On the website, residents can vote for their favorite theme — nautical, castle, space or natural — and find volunteer and fundraising information.

Gibb said the new playground will probably be about the same size as the current one.

"We want to have it friendly for both older kids and younger kids," she said.

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