Wood chips to replace rubber mulch full of jagged wires at Dawson City playground

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A playground in downtown Dawson City, Yukon, will soon be new, improved, and — hopefully — less poky. 

The playground will be closed for two weeks, starting Thursday, so crews can replace a rubber mulch surface that was ridden with pieces of wire.

The mulch replaced hard-packed dirt that didn’t offer much give when children fell on it. The rubber mulch was meant to be softer, but as soon as it was installed last year, parents started reporting their children were getting hurt by bits of wire.

“We were concerned, obviously, because you don’t want to have wire in a playground,” said Paul Robitaille, Dawson’s parks and recreation manager. “It was … almost

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