Youngsters and parents alike gave a thumbs up to the new Spooner Creek Park playground equipment, which was dedicated Wednesday afternoon.
“This is a lot better for the smaller kids. The other one was too big, plus there’s more options now,” said Latonda Rickey.
“I think it’s nice,” said Carly Lambert, whose 3-year-old, Anna, didn’t want to wait for dignitaries to speak before testing out the new play items. “She (Anna) is already trying to get on it.”
The new gear, which was installed earlier this month, replaced equipment that had been in place since the late 1980s.
“The other one had been here quite a while. This looks safer,” said Lambert.
By and large, youngsters present for the dedication liked what they saw.
“We love it because it’s new,” said 7-year-old Bailee Eversmeyer.
“I like the little speakers so we can talk back and forth,” said 7-year-old Allee Hall.
“I think it’s kind of plain. I wanted a huge pole so I could slide down it,” said 7 1/2-year-old Lindsey Stout. “I do like the twisty thing you climb up.”
Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, told those gathered that new swings are also planned for the South Side park. He also reported that additional parks throughout the community will be receiving new playground equipment in the future.
Also offering comments were Fourth Ward Councilman Barry Louderman, who encouraged youngsters to use the park, and Mayor Roy Hark, who stressed the importance of exercise.