Kinettes look to build new playground in community

“This playground will be a great addition for children and adults to use while using other amenities in the location.” ALISON BAIRD

Alison Baird of the Stettler Kinettes gave a presentation on Tuesday, July 2 to the Stettler town council about a proposed playground the Kinettes want to build at West Stettler Park.

“We know that this location is key and that it will help to continue to grow the current area into larger family area,” said Alison Baird, playground committee fundraising chair, in a letter. “This playground will be a great addition for children and adults to use while using other amenities in the location. By having it at West Stettler Park, it will be close to the splash park, near the ball diamonds, soccer field, and right beside the big hill.”

The Kinettes support various projects and initiatives in Stettler, including blood donor clinics and the promotion of education and awareness of cystic fibrosis.

The Kinettes are looking to raise $175,000, and they have $35,000 right now. In addition to that, the Kinettes received 1$8,000 in donations from businesses, and the group hopes to raise $14,000 from their rummage sale in September. The Kinettes have planned more fundraisers for the 2014-2015 year, and hope to receive more local community support.

“Our objective is that this playground can be used at any time by the public but will also give our children another safe place to play while other events are going on at the park and in its surrounding area,” Baird continued in the letter.

The Kinettes are looking for donations or gifts in kind for the project.

There are cash sponsorship categories ranging from bronze ($100 to $499) to diamond ($5,000 and over). Gifts in kind items include excavation and concrete.

The Kinettes are planning a barbecue on August 27 at West Stettler Park, where attendees can see what the proposed playground will look like, as well as how much money they’ve raised and what they need.

“I think it’s superb all the way around,” said Coun. Malcolm Fischer.

New CAO Greg Switenky’s report included orientation of new assistant CAO Steven Gerlitz, orientation of Graham Scott, new CAO of the Summer Village of White Sands, orientation into his new role as CAO, and an ongoing look into Stettler’s internet deficiency.