|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services program
could barely wait until the ribbon-cutting and opening remarks for the
new Boundless Playground at the Pine View Campground were complete
before they raced into the new facility.
Youth from Fort McCoy’s Child,
Youth and School Services program enjoy the new equipment in the
Boundless Playground at Pine View Campground after the
ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility is open to the Fort McCoy
community and the public.
Everyone smiled with pleasure as the youth quickly tried out all the
new equipment in the $250,000 complex. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander
Col. David E. Chesser, who presided over the opening festivities,
recounted how the project took five years to come to fruition.
“We finally got the money approved last year,” Chesser said. “The
facility will serve all youth, and will be handicapped accessible.”
The facility is a good addition to the installation’s Morale, Welfare
and Recreation offerings, he said.
“The welcome sign ‘U.S. Army — Keeping the Promise’ at the facility is a
reflection of what it’s all about,” Chesser said. “This is a good
example of the Army Family Covenant and keeping our promise to improve
the quality of life for our Soldiers, Families and members of the work
Becky Wapp Sawyer, Fort McCoy Army Community Service director, said it
was a fantastic day to see the facility open and to see all the youth
The equipment includes color-coded, age-specific activities that cater
to youth in the age groups of 0-2, 2-5 and 5-12, and anyone else who
would want to use it, Sawyer said. Pine View is open to the Fort McCoy
community and the public.
“It’s in a good spot for everyone to use — near the beach and swimming
area, the Campground Office and the other recreational areas,” she said.
Dyan Zepeda, a teacher for the Fort McCoy School Age Center, said the
equipment will be good for both the CYS Services program and for any
other Families who have children with special needs.
“The youth are really excited to use this,” Zepeda said. “We take a
number of field trips during the Summer Camp program, which is in
progress, and we will be coming out here at least once a week during the
It’s a very safe area to play on with a special, cushioned foundation
that is great for the youth to run and be active on, she said. The
facility also includes shade-providing structures to allow youth to play
on hot day.
Pine View staff also welcomed the facility because it will help attract
and serve patrons who use the area. The playground will be open
year-round on a 24-7 basis.
The facility also supports the Family Focus Program. Registered Families
attending the ribbon-cutting received 100 Franks.
The prime contractor for the facility was the Miracle Recreation
Equipment Company of Monett, Mo. The subcontractors were Webber
Recreational Design Inc., of Hastings, Minn., which installed the
playground equipment, and Team Reil Inc., of Union, Ill., which
installed the rubber base.
For more information about the Boundless Playground, call Army Community
Service at 608-388-3505 or Pine View to check operating hours at