New Ken Happ Memorial Playground Opens in Bong – West I

Happ family. Matt and Joelle and the children, Pat Happ, Jenny and Josh Hesse

Bong State Recreation Area’s new Sunrise Campground Playground was officially opened on June 21st as a Ken Happ memorial playground. Her grandchildren, Cooper, Austin, Aubree and Ellena Happ cut the ribbon. This is the second playground in Bong.

Ken Happ passed away in March 2021. The longtime Bong volunteer’s last wish was to have a playground built in Sunrise Campground. The pitch was broken on March 21, 2022. Playground pieces arrived on March 22n/a. The assembly of the parts was done on concrete which began to arrive on the 25the. Concreting work continued on 29e in near freezing weather. Then it rained… and rained.

Members of the Bong Naturalist Association, family members and other volunteers helped make it all happen.

Volunteers spread over 100 meters of mulch.

Just over two months after the start, with the help of family, friends and volunteers, the playground was completed.

A bench has been added to the playground.

Harold B. McConnell