Last week, a crew worked to replace the pea rock and wood chips in the playground pits on the grounds of Chatfield Elementary School with around 85 tons of shredded recycled tires.

The replacement comes after the wood chips in the pits began decomposing, swelling past the desired fill-lines, according to Jeff Heine, director of buildings and grounds within the Belle Plaine School District.

Heine alongside Scott Renne, with the help of Belle Plaine students Ben Davis and Andrew Smith, filled the pits with the material that both provides a safe cushion for children and requires less maintenance over the course of its lifetime.

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