Oxford Lions Park grows for a new generation of fun

Rose Willigar
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OXFORD: A lot of dedication and heart turned into a fun affair in the Blueberry Capital of the world.
The Community of Oxford pulled together on May 26 through the efforts of the Oxford Lions Club with the installation of new playground equipment for the Lions Parkland.
The $85,000 project began one year ago when Lion members decided to give the park a facelift with new equipment for children to enjoy when visiting the park.
"The playground was beginning to get rundown and it had been awhile since the Lions had undertaken a big project," Lion member and organizer of the new playground Grayson Ingraham said.
"This was a perfect opportunity for the lions club to reestablish itself in the community," Ingraham said.
Through fundraising events over the past year added to $10,000 the lions club already had the Oxford lions were able to make their project come to life.
The Lions club created a playground committee with Ingraham as its chair and with fundraisers such as a corn boil during last year's exhibition, softball tournament, a cash draw and more recently the lions held a casino night and a garbage bag door to door sale along with many more fundraisers along the way the club was able to bridge the gap between the $10,000 they already had and the $85,000 required for the playground makeover.
"At 7 a.m. on May 26 Lions members planned to begin the installation at which point in addition to lions members several local volunteers showed up to help with the installation. It was 10:30 pm when the apparatus was finished, the only equipment left was the swing which was installed the next morning," Ingraham said.
"The new equipment is being used, we just couldn't keep the kids off it so we opened the park up for the kids yesterday (Sunday)," Ingraham said.
There is still landscaping work to be completed by the time the Lions Club holds to official grand opening of the newly renovated park on June 21 at the Lions Parkland.

Organizations: Lions Parkland, Oxford Lions Club

Geographic location: OXFORD, Oxford Lions Park

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