Donations boost playground fund

The volunteer effort to bring new playground equipment to Memorial Park took a major step forward last Tuesday when representatives from the local Lions/Leo clubs and Kiwanis Club presented checks of $10,000 each to the city at the start of the Hills?boro City Council meeting.

More than a dozen members from the two groups were on hand to make the presentation. Roger Hofer presented an oversized check on behalf of the Lions and Leos, then Richard Nickel offered a normal-sized check on behalf of the Kiwanis group.

?I should have made ours for $10,001,? Nickel joked in reference to the friendly competition between the two civic groups.

The movement to replace some of the old play equipment began to take hold about a year ago when the city removed several pieces deemed to be a danger to children.

The city later appointed a committee of six volunteers, plus city recreation director Doug Sisk, to research and choose replacement equipment and spearhead fundraising.

The committee chose a ?mega-tower system? that features an activity platform 14 feet off the ground. It will take $45,000 to pay for the multi-apparatus unit. But the committee set a fundraising goal of $75,000 to provide for additional equipment and maintenance.

Shelley Padgett, chair of the committee, responded with gratitude at the presentation last week.

?This will take us close to halfway toward our goal (for the new apparatus),? she said. ?We hope others will be inspired by your generosity to give toward the project, too.?

Mayor Delores Dalke and Sisk added their appreciation for the donations on behalf of the city and council.

The goal is to install the new mega-tower system sometime this summer, once the funding is in place.

Serving on the volunteer committee with Padgett and Sisk are Shelley Plett, Cameron Kalua, Jesse Hiebert, Becky Suderman and Emily Dalke.

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