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The Archer Complex sign is seen Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, east of Cheyenne. With help from a grant from the Cheyenne Community Public Recreation District, the Archer Complex will become home to a new playground. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – Thanks to a grant from the Cheyenne Community Public Recreation District, the Archer Complex will become home to a new playground.

In recent years, the Archer Recreation Complex has changed significantly.

The new $9.8 million events facility at Archer was completed earlier this year and is now home to the Laramie County Fair. The facility can host big events like expos and concerts, and the complex recently built a new RV park, as well.

With all the growth, the singular musical instrument park at the complex wasn’t enough, according to Laramie County Grants Manager Sandra Newland.

“There wasn’t anything for the kids to do out there,” she said.

Newland said the park will have equipment for kids between the ages of 2 and 7.

County Commissioner Amber Ash said having “family-oriented” features is important to the park’s development because of the types of events they host.

In addition to the events center, the complex has other amenities that can be rented out for events like family reunions, and Ash said the complex decided on a park because it was something that was missing.

Although there is no specific timeline set for the project, Newland said the park will hopefully be installed next spring.

The total cost of the project will be $46,857, and the grant will cover $44,357. The other $2,500 will be covered by the county for site preparation.

Margaret Austin is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s local government reporter. She can be reached at maustin@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3152. Follow her on Twitter @MargaretMAustin.

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