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Hartselle groups seek special kind of playground
Clubs’ goal is to raise $500,000 to pay for construction at park

By Deangelo McDaniel· 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Four Hartselle civic clubs are taking on the task of raising $500,000 to construct a special needs accessible playground at Sparkman Park.

The groups will unveil their plan at Quail Creek Inn on Tuesday during a PowerPoint presentation.

“We understand this is a lofty goal, but this is needed in Hartselle and we will do it,” Rotarian and Hartselle Development Board Chairman Bob Francis said.

The four clubs involved with the project include the Civitans, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary.

Kicking off

Tuesday’s presentation will come during a kick off dinner. The event is open to the public and the cost of the meal is $12.20 for adults and $5.35 for children under 12.

The resort is on Quail Creek Drive, east of Interstate 65 between Hartselle and Falkville.

The clubs have applied for a $15,000 grant from the parent company of Hamburger Helper.

“They give up to $15,000 per month for a worthwhile community project,” Hartselle City Planner Jeremy Griffith said. “This is a worthwhile project and the first of many grants we will seek.”

Hartselle does not have final engineering plans for the park, which will cover about half an acre.

“Our preliminary layout has determined that we will need the amount of money we are trying to raise,” Francis said.

Civitans started drive

Civitans started the drive for an adaptive playground area in Hartselle about four years ago.

Through bake sales and auctions, the organization raised enough money to purchase a $3,000 swing about two years ago.

Last year, the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce donated $1,200 from the Wheels of Thunder event towards the project.

“Thanks to the Civitans, we have about $6,000 in the bank,” Francis said.

Anonymous pledge

Francis said he has already received a $1,000 pledge from a Rotary Club member who wanted to be anonymous.

“This is a community project, and I’m excited about this,” he said. “We’re going to lobby legislators and do what we can to raise the money. But it’s important for people in the community to know that we’re going to need their help.”

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