New playground opens at Barber Field


August 28, 2020

Charity Smith/Daily Globe

CONNOR HOTCHKISS, 5, left, plays near the Monkey-bars, as Hayden Recla, 7, climbs up to the slide, while Henry Hotchkiss, 2, is pushed on the swing by Austin Recla, 5, and Ashley Wiitanen, 17, sits on a swing supervising all of the kids at a new park located behind the Barber Field centerfield fence in the Yale Location of Bessemer, on Wednesday afternoon.


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BESSEMER - A new park with a playground for kids was recently built behind the centerfield fence of Barber Field in the Yale Location of Bessemer and has opened to rave reviews.

"I think it's wonderful especially with all the kids in the neighborhood. I know my grandkids really enjoy it, every night we got to take them down there," said Paulette Baldwin.

According to Bessemer city manager Charly Loper, city officials started looking into the idea of placing a park in Yale after discussions in April 2019 about how to best use grant funding from the...

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