The Carl Junction School District is overhauling the playground behind the second and third grade building.
The goal is to create features that allow students with special needs to join in on the fun.
A groundbreaking Monday means construction is underway in time for students to use the new format next fall.
“Really is a celebration. Had I known at the beginning how much work was involved, it might have scared me a little bit. But to see it come to this point and everybody coming together is just amazing,” says CJ Occupational Therapist Heather Linscheid.
The project is estimated to cost half a million dollars.
Community donations and grants are covering much of the price tag, with the school district covering the remaining $140,000.