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Play, relax and slide at the new Maiden Rock playground

The new playground in Maiden Rock features a Biba Playground, a mobile playground app that engages children and adults with games within an augmented reality. Kit Murray / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
The old slide was first brought to Maiden Rock in the early to mid 1900's. Photo courtesy of Steve Pomahatch2 / 4
Families have already started enjoying the new playground equipment. Landscaping will continue throughout the next year. Photo courtesy of Steve Pomahatch3 / 4
A new flag and flag pole was donated to the new Maiden Rock Village Hall by Maiden Rock American Legion Post 158. Photo courtesy of Steve Pomahatch4 / 4

MAIDEN ROCK — Following the final decision to go through with a new Maiden Rock Village Hall and accompanying playground in the site of the old playground on County Road S, the two are ready to be utilized.

"The aesthetics are still being worked on," said Village Board President Steve Pomahatch. "Most everything we're letting settle and finishing touches (will be done) next spring."

Located at N510 County Road S, the building replaced the village hall / Maiden Rock Senior Citizens Center located at W3535 Highway 35. Funding for the venue was a combination of village savings, the sale of the former village hall, funds from a garage contingency, bond reserves and a gift from Wisconsin Industrial Sand Inc. A new flag pole was added outside the building, donated by Maiden Rock American Legion Post 158.

The previous building was built in the early to mid 1900s and had reached its expiration date, Pomahatch said. Behind the new building is the new playground, with amenities such as slides, spinners, steps and a concrete basketball court. In the future, the center will have additional seating and shading for picnics.

Inside the building, guests can use the large meeting room for gatherings along with the kitchenette, tables and seating.

"We've had the community center available for rent to use for bridal showers, graduation parties, birthday parties. The Legion has used it for a meeting. Senior citizen groups, anyone at a reasonable cost," Pomahatch said.

The new playground and building has proven to be a success, trustees say.

"It feels great to revamp the underutilized public space into a pleasant area where neighbors and visitors can gather and play," Pomahatch said.

For information on pricing for renting the building, contact Pomahatch at 715-495-1023.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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