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      Ottumwa City Council approves contract for new playground equipment at park

      The Ottumwa City Council approved a contract with Kaboom for new playground equipment at Wildwood Park during Monday night's council meeting.

      The project will cost around $85,000 with 90 percent of the costs being covered by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.

      $8,500 will have to be matched locally.

      The project comes at no cost to the city with local organizations stepping up to raise the funds.

      Wildwood Park was chosen as the location because there's too much equipment to remove from Ottumwa Park.

      "We're looking at having the school kids, parents, and the concerned residents help us pick out the design of the project," said City Administrator Joe Helfenberger. "And I think it'd be a great addition to the community's recreational facilities."

      The city will need 150 to 200 volunteers to help install the equipment over a two-day period.

      A tentative date to put up the equipment has been set for mid-June.