Stilwell Kiwanis Club

If awarded this grant, the playground equipment it purchases will play an important and invaluable role in our community. While the list of reasons could be rather lengthy, please see a few of the reasons that carry more weight within our community. First, this playground and the park in which it will reside will be directly across from our courthouse. This park will be used for supervised visitation and other legal visits and thus will provide a safe space for kids to play and accommodate these meetings. Additionally, the park in which this playground will reside includes a large picnic area complete with shade cloth. This will allow for outdoor classes to be held on site. This is important due to the need for social distancing. Once coursework is complete, the schools who utilize this area will be able to engage on the playground allowing for less road time and more time for instruction and physical activity. A third reason includes our signature event, the Stilwell Strawberry Festival. While festivities take place all over downtown, this playground will provide much needed entertainment, especially for lower income attendees as playground access will be free to all who attend. While this is not an exhaustive list, other events that will be centered around this park and playground, thus creating an impact on our community, include Pictures with Santa, Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Picnic and Trunk-o-ween, Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, and many other events and activities.

Additional Information

What organizations will support this playground project?: Stilwell Kiwanis Club, Stilwell Area Chamber of Commerce, Carson Foundation, Cherokee Nation, and local businesses
How will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?: The park in which this playground will reside is already under construction and has been methodically planned out with the aid of an engineer. A member of our community, who is also a Kiwanian, has been spearheading the project and ensuring its timely finish including having skilled laborers who are donating their time and will be available for installation once playground equipment is purchased.
Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.: The park where this playground will go has been a labor of love in our community. The land was donated from the Fletcher family, a household name in our area. A portion of the park was funded by the sale of commemorative bricks, trash cans, and picnic tables. This, alongside donated labor and monetary donations from businesses and community members, has made this project a possibility.

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