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Dozens of Anacortes children carried a paper chain around a new playground, built in five days by more than 1,000 volunteers, then the kids rushed onto the playground they designed before it was officially opened Sunday evening.  

playgroundIt was practically a carnival atmosphere as kids waited for the 5 pm opening, then waited longer when the opening was pushed back to 5:30 to allow volunteers to make last-minute finishing touches. Kids got cookies and cotton candy.

A quartet of the Anochords sang as kids strung the paper chain all the way around the playground.

The children climbed over the various sections of the 15,000 square foot playground, designed with safety features such as one foot of chips as the playground base. Much of the playground is fenced with pickets with the names of contributors on them.

Volunteers worked 3 four-hour shifts a day for five days to build what is truly a community park. Contributors donated $165,000 to pay expenses, local businesses donated time and equipment, and volunteers worked hours and hours.

Crews used 40,000 screws, 500,000 pounds of nails, 25,000 board feet of lumber and fiberboard and 424 cubic yards of chips as protective ground cover.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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