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Bowling Green to replace playground equipment

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The merry-go-round at the Bowling Green Playground is in need of a paint job.
The swing sets are rusty and the merry-go-round needs a paint job.

The slide is lop-sided and the monkey bars are in need of repair.

The playground equipment in Bowling Green badly needs to be replaced. And several residents in the town have planted the seeds to do just that.

The slide at the Bowling Green Playground is one of several pieces of equipment the Bowling Green Community Playground Improvement Project plan to replace.
Members of the Bowling Green Community Playground Improvement Project have taken the first steps to remove the existing equipment and replace it with new updated equipment.

"We just thought it needed to be done," Bob Walters said. "A lot of people are moving back to the Bowling Green area. (Children) don't have any place to play."

Walters, along with his wife Kathy, and Bowling Green resident Holly Wilkinson recently started the project to replace the playground equipment.

The organization has already received a $4,000 grant from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. However, it has its eye set on bigger numbers.

"We would like to raise about $18,000 more," Wilkinson said.

She said the money raised will go to purchase new equipment made out of recyclable milk cartons, which according to Bob, is graffiti proof.

The organization formed in May this year and has been hard at work raising money for its project. Wilkinson said there are at least 15 people involved.

"We figure the existing equipment is about 50-60-years-old," she said. "It's outdated material."

The playground is located on the town's Center Square across from the Bowling Green Community Building.

Wilkinson said the organization's goal is "to get children out and have them start living a healthier life by being more active instead of sitting in front of a TV or (playing) video games."

Bob said very little maintenance has been performed on the existing equipment, giving residents in the town southeast of Brazil more reason to replace it.

"It just takes a while to get things started," he said.

"We'd like to have the money raised by next spring," Wilkinson added.

The organization has applied for several grants and has raised some money for the project. Wilkinson said donations are being accepted and the organization recently learned that when it reaches the $10,000 mark, the Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM) has agreed to match the money with a $5,000 grant.

"That's because we're using recyclable material," Bob said.

Wilkinson said with the grant it already received new equipment will be purchased.

"I think it will bring out a positive attitude in the community, children and parents," she said.

To help with the donations, those interested may call 812-986-2559 or 812-986-2917 or e-mail wilkins@ccrtc.com.

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