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Poplar Bridge Park getting new playground

A new playground is coming to Poplar Bridge Park. Children from Poplar Bridge Elementary School are frequent users of the six-acre park, at 4600 West 85th Street, along with many other Bloomington residents.

New equipment and surfacing are part of the plan. Typically, park playgrounds have a lifespan of 20 – 25 years, while school playgrounds have a lifespan of 15 – 20 years. 

“Existing equipment is tired and has reached the typical age of replacement,” Recreation Supervisor Mike Ramirez said.

Poplar Bridge Elementary School students participated in the playground planning process and voted on renderings. 

“We want to build a playground kids will like and are going to use,” Ramirez said.

The project is a collaboration between Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Bloomington Public Schools. Construction began in September and completion is expected this fall. For more information, visit or call 952-563-8877.