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Yarrow residents had been exploring ways to improve on the park equipment for years. The park consisted of two big-kid swings and a climbing frog that had seen better days. Thanks to the strong partnership between the Bean Foundation, Yarrow Homeowners Association and residents, and the City of Madras the park has received a much-needed face lift. After obtaining a grant from the State of Oregon Parks and Recreation department, the park was upgraded to include swings for both little and big kids, a slide complete with rock wall and rope climb, monkey bars from which to swing away, and an old-fashioned playground roundabout that harkens back to the good old days of spinning until you yelled to stop. In addition to soliciting grants for the equipment, a local family corralled their kids and grandparents to help spread fifteen cubic yards of bark to complete the playground.

Neighborhood children and the wider community are enjoying the new equipment – what a wonderful way to give back to the community and reinforce the importance of time together with family, healthy living, and good old-fashioned fun.