A new playground is being built in Dorfen city park.
The opening is not until May 6th, but some new play equipment has already been installed.
Dorfen – So far, the city park has looked rather gloomy and dreary, and it has also been little used.
Only dog owners let the Zamperl jump, every now and then lonely joggers did their rounds.
However, a facility is currently being built in the area of the municipal garden, which will also include a boules court, a table tennis table and new seating areas.
The official inauguration is not until May 6th, but the bird's nest tree, seesaw net and hammock are already in place.
Parents and their offspring immediately conquered the playground and made it a meeting place for young families.
The world is a playground - at least for Jonas, his sister Laura and their little friend.
Dig, climb and swing while mum and dad sit and chat on the park bench.
"It's just great that there's a playground here now, with such great equipment," says Franziska Wilhelm.
She looks at her boy and daughter sitting peacefully on the sand.
Meanwhile, Simon (8) climbs the bird's nest tree, which is a small climbing frame with various hanging ropes.
"Really cool," says the student from Dorfen curtly.
A playground like this, very close to home – that's what he's always wanted.
A playhouse, a painting wall and a floating jetty at the pond will soon follow.
There have been considerations for beautifying the city park for a long time, and in 2019 the building committee formulated the first renovation plans.
The starting signal for the new attempt was winning the German Kita Prize in 2020. The 10,000 euros in prize money should be used for something permanent.
"It was quickly agreed that the money should be invested in a project for children, young people and their families," says city spokeswoman Marion Biewer.
Thanks to state subsidies and playground fees, the profit was increased to an impressive 45,000 euros.
Just in time for the 1250 year anniversary of Dorfen, the generation project will be completed, a meeting place for young and old in a central location.
Under the project management of Therese Englmeier, the former head of the children's and youth center, not only did representatives of the city's youth work and the building yard work together, the city gardener was also on board with his specialist knowledge.
Above all, children and young people from elementary and middle school in Dorfen provided important impetus for the planning.
Englmeier is particularly proud of the commitment of the high school students who introduced the project to the city council last year with a detailed PowerPoint presentation.
The teacher in the so-called resting state has recently been on the board of the development association of the middle school in Dorfen and wants to put the students more in the public eye: "Many people don't even know what potential there is in young people," she told the local newspaper .
And Mayor Heinz Grundner adds: "We are very pleased to be able to offer such a beautiful place for young and old in the heart of Dorfen."
Focus on young people