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Tuesday, October 02, 2012 11:56 AM

Play Task Force seeks donations for new Forest Park playground

By The Herald Staff

The City of Ottawa’s Play Task Force is re-energizing its fundraising efforts to replace the large timber playground at Forest Park, task force members said.

In addition to seeking individual donations, the task force plans to seek larger gifts from foundations, according to a task force news release.

The task force has asked Ottawa residents to “go green” and help the group raise funds for playground projects at the same time by donating empty ink and toner cartridges and unwanted cell phones, small electronics, digital cameras and laptops. The items will be sent to the FundingFactory Recycling Program, the release said. The task force receives cash for the recycled items.

Several offices, such as Ottawa Family Physicians and Peoples Bank in Ottawa, have been regularly donating their used cartridges — as well as collecting employee and public donations — to put toward the city’s playground projects, the release said.

Community and business supporters can drop off cartridges, cell phones, small electronics and laptops at the following Ottawa locations:

• City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St.

• Peoples Bank, 1506 S. Main St.

• Great Southern Bank, 2040 S. Princeton St.

• Arvest Bank, 119 E. Third St.

• Garnett State Savings Bank, 1250 E. Logan St.

• Kansas State Bank, 1314 S. Main St. and 236 N. Main St.

• Bank of the West, 700 S. Main St.

• Ottawa Family Physicians, 1418 S. Main St.

• Ottawa Middle School, 1230 S. Ash St.

• Ottawa High School, 1404 S. Ash St.

• Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St.

• Lincoln Elementary School, 1102 N. Milner St.

Forest Park’s outdated timber playground has made the fundraising effort a priority in 2013, task force members have said.

“It is so exciting to get a check for items that normally would have ended up in the trash,” Sara Caylor, city commissioner and Play Task Force member, said. “This is a project that costs the community nothing and yet the gains are tremendous.”

To learn more about supporting the city’s Play Task Force and the Forest Park playground project, call Wynndee Lee, the city’s director of planning and codes, at (785) 229-3620, or email her at wlee@ottawaks.gov   

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