Sale of fence pickets aids playground project

Fundraiser to help cover cost of play area surface for All My Friends park effort
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Organizers of the All My Friends Playground project in Grafton are offering an opportunity for families and businesses to purchase fence pickets during the holiday season to help cover the cost of the play area’s surface.

“The flooring is the last piece to the puzzle,” Donna Howarth said. “We thought with the end of the year that a fence picket would make for a great Christmas gift to have your family name or a lifetime of advertisement for your business at the playground.”

Several years ago, Howarth and Dianne Dyer began raising funds for an accessible playground for children with disabilities. The total cost of the playground is about $380,000 and $120,000 is needed for the surface, which will be wheelchair accessible.

The fence pickets will line the playground area. Each picket costs $100 and holds up to 25 characters for purchasers’ names. So far, 190 pickets have been purchased and there are 1,000 left to sell.

“All the equipment has been paid for and shipped. Now all we need is to pay for the flooring,” Howarth said, noting several pieces of equipment are still available for sponsorship.

The playground will be built at the location of an existing playground in Centennial Park. The current playground will be moved to a subdivision this month and Howarth hopes to have the new adaptive equipment installed next spring.

“If we don’t get some grants and funds in, we won’t be able to use the playground until we can pay for the flooring because it wouldn’t be safe to use,” she said. “We really appreciate the support of the community and we can’t wait to have a playground available for children with all types of abilities.”

For more information on supporting the project, visit www.allmyfriendsplayground.org.

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