Crews Working to Rebuild Roscommon County Playground

A Northern Michigan playground is coming back better and safer than before.

The old structure had dangerous chemicals in wood and in the soil.

The National Guard is helping rebuild the playground in Roscommon County.

The toxin was found in the soil at the Happy Landings Playground at Collins Elementary in Houghton Lake.

The school worked with contractors and started the project early Monday morning.

It’s closed right now, but the construction should be done sometime Thursday.

This now the third playground in Northern Michigan shut down recently because of the arsenic that comes from treated wood.

“Do to a high arsenic level found in the soil and in materials used in the old playground, they decided to tear it completely down,” says Michigan State Police Trooper Grant Guzikowski. 

The construction crews are building slides, a swing set and other equipment that is brand new to the school.