Duluth School District Confident in New Playground Mulch

DULUTH, Minn. —

The Duluth School Department is close to finishing a million-dollar project to replace the mulch in its playgrounds, but not without one last controversy.

The school board approved the use of wood mulch back in June.

But with the project almost complete, district officials received an email alleging that the new mulch hasn’t been properly tested or approved.

“We have confidence in the mulch that is on our playgrounds,” says district CFO Doug Hasler.

Hasler says everything about the tamarack wood fiber checks out, and the district has done the necessary inspections already.

“If we do reach the point that we determine that the wood mulch on our playgrounds does not meet the standards that we establish for that material, we will take action to get the right material on our playgrounds,” he said.

The only two schools without the new wood mulch are Lowell and Myers-Wilkins Elementaries.

District officials say they should be complete in the next few days.

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