The mayor and members of the town council were all beaming and smiling, touting the achievement, and patting themselves on their backs for finding the money in the tight town budget. The whole town turned out for the celebration when the town’s new playground opened.
It turned out that the land was acquired well below market price and the contractor supplied the playground equipment at a deep discount.
Unfortunately, a few years later ugly the truth was uncovered. The land upon which the playground was built had once been a toxic waste site.
The repercussions will be felt for generations.
Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday from Bikurgurl. Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (repercussions).