Argo has received new playground equipment, and officials still want to donate the old equipment to a local church, City Councilwoman Ann Brown said Wednesday.

She said members of one local church came by and looked at the city’s old playground equipment but did not have enough space at their church for the equipment.

“We’re back to square one,” Brown said, adding that she may send out letters to area churches to see if any would like the old equipment.

“I really hate to burn it,” she said.

Brown said the old playground equipment was dismantled and removed from the park and workers excavated the site in preparation for the installation of the new playground equipment.

“We have the site ready,” she said.

The new playground equipment has arrived, but workers are working on an installation job in Atlanta.

She said it could be two or three weeks before the installation of the playground equipment begins.

“It will take them about a week to install it,” Brown said.

She said the new playground equipment is in large crates in the City Hall parking lot.

The council buying the equipment last month from Hammell Recreation LLC., of Concord. The new playground equipment cost about $50,540.

The St. Clair County Commission donated $15,000 toward the purchase, and agreed to lend Argo an additional $10,000 so the city could move forward with the purchase.

Argo will have two years to pay back the loan, with the interest rate set at 1 percent more than what the County Commission receives on its CDs. The estimated interest rate is 1.8 percent.

City officials said once the new playground equipment is in place and ready for use, the city will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new playground area. The playground area will have a wooden border and new mulch.

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