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Soon-to-be-third-grader Sven Meister stands proudly atop the new Mills Lawn School climber. The climber was officially unveiled Thursday, Aug. 8, in the afternoon. Families and friends were encouraged to come and play and picnic. (Photos by Matt Minde)

Soon-to-be-third-grader Sven Meister stands proudly atop the new Mills Lawn School climber. The climber was officially unveiled Thursday, Aug. 8, in the afternoon. Families and friends were encouraged to come and play and picnic. (Photos by Matt Minde)

VIDEO — New climber at Mills Lawn School

The beloved wooden Big Toy, which had graced the Mills Lawn School playground for many years, was partially destroyed by a falling silver maple during a storm last July (see Amy Magnus’s August 3, 2013 blog, Mixin’ In the Village Gravy, for a fitting tribute to the Big Toy).

In its place last week arose a mighty, multi-piece structure — entirely paid for by the insurance claim, to the school district’s great joy — which had it’s official inaugural climbing Thursday afternoon.

Parents and kids were invited, and encouraged to bring food, music and, of course, friends. Between congas and rattles, slides and swings, rock walls and spinning tires, there seemed to be no end of motion.

On the lawn, families picnicked, children chased each other, parents conversed, keeping one eye out on the activity while holding at bay those still too young to climb. The entire melee lasted for several hours.

View the photo gallery below the video.

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