LETA donates to playground
The proposed all-inclusive playground for children with limited mobility and developmental delays is closer to being reality after a big announcement Tuesday at the Apache Hotel and Casino.
Representatives with Children United SWOK announced that due to some exciting circumstances, they now had the funds available to purchase their main playground structure for the proposed playground.
According to Children United’s Joe Chesko, the original price for the playground equipment was $259,000, but the company providing and installing the equipment, Heartland Park and Recreation LLC of Oklahoma City, offered a reduced price of $143,000 if Children United purchased the equipment by Oct. 25.
The project for the all-inclusive playground is a joint project of Children United and the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority. LETA representative Barry Ezerski said that when Chesko told him about the reduction in price, the two put their heads together in order to try to come to a solution. Ezerski said Children United had raised about $95,000 from last year’s Dancing for Children United event, but that some of those funds couldn’t be used immediately for the purchase of the equipment. He said the amount that could be used left the organization about $60,000 to $70,000 short.
Ezerski said that was when LETA stepped up and made a commitment to provide an interest free loan to Children United for the purchase of the equipment.