HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KAKE) - Monday was a big day for Haysville kids like Aspen and Adrianna after patiently waiting for months to finally get to try the brand-new playground at Riggs Park.

"My mom and dad said we would come here on the opening day of the park," said Aspen.

"We were going to come to the park. We planned it," said Adrianna.

With a cut of the ribbon, Haysville Mayor Russ Kessler says hundreds of kids spent the day on the new playground with smiles from ear to ear. But he says equipment like this doesn't come cheap.

"Roughly $300,000. And that's included with the pour-in-place ground," said Kessler.

Kessler says the playground is made possible by something that's coming up for a vote in Haysville for the first time in ten years: a 1% sales tax the city uses to improve roads and parks.

"It's pretty awesome. You know, I've never seen it this crowded, so you know the kids really enjoy it," said resident Ronnie Kinnamon.

Some residents are on the fence about whether they want to extend the 1% sales tax in May, but people like Kinnamon say after seeing his grandson having so much fun Monday, he hopes voters won't cut the funds.

"It's good for the kids. Anything to keep the kids occupied so they're not into other things that they shouldn't be doing, you know," said Kinnamon.

And it may come as no surprise that the kids agree.

"Awesome," said Atticus after asking him what he thought so far.

"We don't ever go here, so I was like, oh, that's just cool. And then I seen how cool it was, and I was like, oh, this is really fun," said Cale.

Kessler says the special election for the sales tax is on May 7. If residents vote to keep it, he says 50% of the money will go to streets, 40% to Parks and Recreation, and new this time, the city will use 10% of it to reduce property taxes.