The City of Mankato says playground equipment has been selected for Washington Park, 215 North Fourth Street, and is expected to be installed later this summer. Citizen input helped determine the final playground.

New equipment features a railroad theme to align with area history. The “Fourth Street Route,” a main railroad line for the Minnesota Valley Railway Company, was once located where Washington Park is now. The city of Mankato purchased the property in 1913 and dedicated it in 1915 as Washington Park.