Fifth graders at Freedom Elementary School were the first to get a look and feel for the new indoor playground at the West Fargo Parks Rustad Center on Friday, May 17.

The new playground is part of a $7.68 million expansion of the Rustad Center at 601 26th Ave. E. that will add 55,095 square feet of space to the southwestern side of the building that opened in August 2016.

The expansion, which is currently under construction, will add a second gymnasium, indoor turf field with batting cages, two new classrooms and a dedicated arts and crafts room.

West Fargo Parks Executive Director Barb Erbstoesser said the playground will open June 10. Families can purchase daily passes for $3.25 or a or a punch card with 10 passes for $25.

The students were able to test out the new equipment after Mayor Bernie Dardis issued a proclamation naming Saturday, May 18, the National Kids to Parks Day.

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The day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May as a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state and national parks.