Digging up the sandbox
Tulista Park’s popular children’s playground is closed until July 1 as the Town of Sidney and Sidney Lions Club replace aging equipment.
In February, Lions Club members started a fundraising campaign to raise $70,000 for new playground equipment. The plan was for the Club to raise money by selling bricks for a memorial wall to be built at the site. The Lions have been involved with the playground for more than 10 years and replaced a portion of the equipment during their 40th anniversary. This year is the Club’s 50th anniversary.
Sidney town council agreed on April 14 to contribute $30,000 to the project, topping up the fundraising and setting the project in motion.
Work being done includes removing the sand, adding new accessible equipment, improving site drainage, enlarging the picnic area and placing it on artificial grass (the rest of the playground will be on wood chips), revised seating and tables as well as expanding the playground by 123 square meters.