While the playground is at Ti Elementary School, McDonald and Hearburg stress its is for community use. To make that point, St. Mary's School students were bussed to the opening ceremony and allowed to play on the new equipment.
McDonald said the site, at the front of the school, was selected to make the playground visible and accessible to everyone.
Hearburg became involved in the project when Michele Eicher, PTO playground committee chairwoman, asked him to host a McTeacher Night in 2010.
"The energy was amazing," Hearburg recalled. "It was the largest volume we had ever served in that short a period. Michele asked me to join the committee and I was hooked."