Owatonna's oldest play structure recently experienced a massive makeover. After 35 years, the playground at Lake Kohlmier has been revamped with new equipment and inclusive features.

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A ribbon-cutting event scheduled today, Wednesday, October 27th, at 4 pm, will celebrate the new environment.

These new improvements were made possible with funding from Steele County, a private memorial donation honoring Alex and Levi (Steward) Bauer and a $100,000 grant from Lowe's. 

According to a news release from the City of Owatonna:

"The grant program is part of Lowe’s commitment to complete 100 projects to celebrate the company’s centennial and support family-oriented initiatives nationwide. The 100 projects span 36 states. Owatonna’s grant application was selected from more than 2,200 applications from across the country. It is the only project in Minnesota selected to receive the grant."

The new park is equipped with modern fall protection, sidewalks, picnic tables, a grill, and a fountain. 

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Jenna Tuma, Director of Parks and Recreation at the City of Owatonna explained:

“The new play area equipment and park amenities at Lake Kohlmier Beach are designed to create an inviting, fun, and positive park experience for families. Thanks to this joint effort, the outdated equipment and overgrown landscaping has been transformed into a vibrant and welcoming space for all.”

Tonight's ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1295 Kohlmier Drive. City Council Member Kevin Raney and Lowe’s Assistant Store Manager, Matt McLaughlin, will provide a few remarks.

So, if you don't have any plans, stop by, admire the improvements, and maybe take a stroll around the lake.

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