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New playground ready for the school year

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Students at St. Paul's Cathedral School in Yakima have a new, state of the art playground to use this year.

The $200,000 project features a ropes course, and several jungle gyms, all voted on by students.

And organizers say this is the first playground to use this type of artificial grass on the east side of the Cascades.

"It's hard to put down natural grass because with that many students on it it'll wear it out and it would be hard to maintain. So, we actually went with this artificial turf and it will last probably 10 to 15 years," said Brian Roberts, a member of the playground committee.

Roberts says they also received about $40,000 worth of community support for the playground, which can also be used by other kids in the neighborhood.