The Havre Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will contribute $10,000, in two annual $5,000 payments, to the city’s fund to build a new playground in Pepin Park.
The city's Parks and Recreation Director Chris Inman came to Tuesday night's meeting at Sunnyside Intermediate School to ask if the organization would like to donate to the project.
Inman said the playground equipment had to be removed because it was old, didn’t meet code and had been indecently vandalized over the years.
“It’s kind of sad that we have this beautiful, redone park with this ugly, old playground,” Inman said. “It’s embarrassing.”
The directer said her ultimate plan would be a two- or three-year project that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, though $50,000 is what’s needed to get it started.
The city has already set aside $15,000 for new playground equipment.
At the meeting, she said that if $50,000 was raised soon, construction could begin in spring 2011.
After the PTO meeting, Inman’s first outside request, the fund is nearly halfway toward making physical progress.
The $10,000 will come out of the PTO’s budget of more than $30,000.
PTO treasurer and city councilwoman Pam Hillery said that this is just the sort of thing this fund is for.
“That’s what we raise it for, to make kids happy,” Hillery said.