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Rest of new playground equipment to be installed this weekend PDF Print E-mail
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

    New playground equipment has been set up at the new Imperial Swimming Pool site, with more to be installed at Campbell Park this weekend.
    The equipment at Campbell Park was to have been erected last weekend, but was delayed due to rain.
    It will now be installed Saturday and Sunday.
    City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said volunteers are needed to help erect the equipment. Dave Bueker, an overseer with Cloverleaf, a Kansas company that aides in the installation, will “tell us how to put it together,” Leyland said.
    She asks that interested volunteers report to the area by the Lions Club shelter between 9-10 a.m. Volunteers may also call the city office at (308) 882-4368.
    Leyland hopes that construction will be completed this weekend.
    The Peter Kiewit Foundation awarded $117,000 in grants to 11 Nebraska municipalities and seven elementary schools to create or improve their public playground facilities.
    The city of Imperial received $10,000. The grants were made as part of the final cycle of funding for the foundation’s Nebraska Community Playground Grant Program.
    The grants are matching and/or challenge grants, requiring the applicants to raise at least half the cost of their projects locally.
    The city spent $41,417.95 for the equipment at Campbell Park and the pool area. The city sales tax contributed $15,000, while $10,000 was budgeted for the project in the ‘08-09 budget.
    It is hoped that the remaining $6,500 will be raised through donations and a raffle.
    Winners of the raffle will receive either a 32-inch television, pool passes, Chase County Schools sports passes, Chamber Bucks and more.
    Tickets are available from park board members or at the city office. Tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5.