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Organizers hope to build Utah's safest playground

Organizers hope to build Utah's safest playground



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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) -- Organizers are hoping to build the safest playground in Utah in South Salt Lake.

The $175,000 park was designed in part by doctors and injury prevention specialists at Primary Children's Medical Center. The playground will include durable safety tiles to cushion falls, slides, monkey bars and a giant dragon.

Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Salt Lake City hopes to build it at Fitts Park, one of three parks in South Salt Lake.

Coalition director Charles Pruitt reviewed local playground injuries and found a "significant" amount occurred in South Salt Lake.

He says the playground wounds treated at the Primary Children's emergency room range from abrasions and broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries.

He hopes the new equipment at Fitts Park will make it the safest in the state.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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