New Hampton Rotary celebrates 30 years of the ‘Wooden Wonderland’

A humongous jungle gym with spiraling peaks and underbelly hiding spots, spans Mikkelson Park in New Hampton – and is celebrating 30 years of play.

New Hampton’s ‘Wooden Wonderland’, a jungle gym well-known around Northern Iowa for being unique and – wooden, had its 30th birthday on Sunday and was hosted by the New Hampton Rotary Club.

Leading up to the event, Superintendent of New Hampton schools Jay Jurrens posted a video that showcases the inception of the playground.


The video ends with a message. A message to future kids who find fun on the structure:

“Dedicated to our children now and years to come.”



Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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