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Ashland web tower off to Scotland for repairs

The popular Webclimber, a towering pyramid of cables at the Lithia Park playground in Ashland, will be taken down and shipped to Scotland for repairs.

City of Ashland workers could start dismantling the structure late this week, said Parks Superintendent Steve Gies.

Erected three and a half years ago, the $14,000 Webclimber has suffered an unusual amount of wear and tear, he said.

Missouri-based Miracle Recreation Equipment Company, which sold the tower to the city, will pay for repairs. However, the Parks Department has to pay shipping costs to get the Webclimber to a factory in Scotland.

Gies said he's not sure yet what the shipping costs will be.

"I've never shipped anything that far," he said.

The Webclimber will probably be gone for one to two months, Gies said.

The structure is popular not just with kids, but with teens and even adults.

While younger kids tend to navigate around the lower cables, older kids and adults like to climb to the tower's top 19 feet above the wood chip-covered ground. Some even have their parents or friends time them as they race to the top.

— Vickie Aldous, Ashland Daily Tidings

Lucia Prentiss, 5, of Santa Cruz, Calif., climbs on the Webcrawler at the Lithia Park playground Monday. The city will remove the three and a half year old structure later this week and ship it to Scotland for repairs. Jim Craven / Daily Tidings - Jim Craven