Recycled Twin Cities playground goes to refugee camp

What happens to old playground equipment when affluent suburbs move on to something better?

They end up in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, the Woodbury Bulletin reports.

When the city upgraded the Timberlea playground in 2015, it donated the equipment to Kids Around the World, whose mission includes building playgrounds in impoverished communities. Playgrounds are refurbished and then sent somewhere else in the world.

Woodbury’s ended up in the refugee camp.

“These kids don’t smile. Life is hard on them,” Paul Bierhaus, a board member for Kids Around the World, told the paper. “When they see that playground and realize it’s for them, their faces just light up, and they go nuts when they get the chance to play on that playground.”

A Woodbury playground has a life expectancy of about 20 years. The city replaces one playground per year.

  • MrE85
    • rover27

      Watching the video and seeing how much Obama has aged in 8 years. The hair is almost all gray. I’ll never forgive the way the Republicans and rabid right-wingers treated this good man. I hope they all burn in the hottest parts of hell.

      • It’s post about a playground people. Move along now.

  • crystals

    I needed something good today.

  • What a great idea. I’m pleased it didn’t go into a landfill.

    • From my look at Woodbury’s playgrounds, it’ll get a LOT more use in Lebanon.

  • Jeff C.

    Damn, I’m going to miss Obama!

    • huh?

      • Jeff C.

        Oops – it was supposed to be a reply to MrE85. I tried to delete it after I posted it but Disqus won’t let me delete it.

        • I believe it takes a bit before a delete posts (doesn’t) show up.

          • MrE85

            Disqus refuses to delete anything associated with me, for the sake of future biographers and historians. 😉

  • Jeff

    Practically speaking by the time you pack it up and ship it, I wonder if it’s cheaper to just send them a new one? By the way I have a no longer used basketball hoop I’d like to get rid of.

    • Jeff C.

      If it is cheaper it is only because we as a society have chosen to ignore the true cost to the environment when we consider the cost of something. Otherwise how would it be cheaper to mine new ore or mill new lumber to make a new one than to spend some extra time taking the old one apart and carefully packaging it to be shipped to Lebanon?

      • Jeff

        I’m all in with recycling, but just saying. I remember back in the 90’s there was a big flood in Iowa which contaminated their water treatment systems so we all brought in jugs of fresh water
        to send to the thirsty Iowans. But they ended up throwing away a truckload since it was cheaper to buy it locally then the cost to truck it down. I think this might go for donating clothing overseas as well.