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Austwell seeks funding for playground equipment
by Tim Delaney
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Austwell City Secretary Melissa Hopper takes stock of items donated to the auction Nov. 9 to raise money for new playground equipment in the park. The event also recognized veterans.
Jennifer Wright photo Austwell City Secretary Melissa Hopper takes stock of items donated to the auction Nov. 9 to raise money for new playground equipment in the park. The event also recognized veterans.
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The current playground at Austwell’s City Park is well used. Austwell had a fundraiser/Veterans Day event on Nov. 9 to raise matching funds for a grant that would buy new playground equipment. A total of $1,245 was generated from food sales, and a total of $2,867 was raised from the auction. More donations were being sent to the city to help raise the 10 percent matching funds.
Jennifer Wright photo The current playground at Austwell’s City Park is well used. Austwell had a fundraiser/Veterans Day event on Nov. 9 to raise matching funds for a grant that would buy new playground equipment. A total of $1,245 was generated from food sales, and a total of $2,867 was raised from the auction. More donations were being sent to the city to help raise the 10 percent matching funds.
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AUSTWELL – The city of Austwell is looking at $40,000 to pay for new playground equipment for the city park, according to Mayor David Cann.

Planned is to seek a grant that would pay for at least 90 percent of the cost.

The city began in earnest to raise money for the equipment with a fundraiser on Nov. 9.

Since that fundraiser, donations have continued to come in, and the current amount raised is $4,202, according to City Secretary Melissa Hopper.

“We had briskets and hot dogs and just asked for donations,” she said.

“We ended up with $1,245 for the food. We had a live auction with lots of items that were donated and lots of baked goods too,” she added.

The live auction generated $2,867.

“I am still getting in donations by the mail, which is absolutely wonderful. We want to continue to have the city park looking good and make the playground equipment safe for all the kids who come and play on it,” she said.

“As of today (Monday, Nov. 18), the amount collected is $4,202. We are still getting small donations in the mail and we continue to take them,” Hopper said.

“We are not sure exactly what playground equipment the city park will get,” she said. “Mayor Cann has looked at books, and again the cheapest is around $40,000. If we can get more donations, then we may be able to get a bigger set.”

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