The Duluth School District playground mulch replacement project is underway, and the School Board will vote on a design firm next week.

Duluth parents have been concerned for months by not agreeing with the chemicals found in the rubber mulch. However it was costly to replace it with the suggestion of wood fiber. The board will be asked to approve $18,500 in spending for a firm that will research design and construction options for the 10 playgrounds (including eight elementary and two schools).

To replace the rubber mulch, it could cost $300,000-$400,000. All playgrounds are expected to have a new surface by the start of school in 2017. Check out the full article here and let me know what you think about replacing rubber mulch in the comments below.