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October 30, 2013

Leadership Duncan Classes make big contributions

Class XVI provides new fence for Kiddieland

DUNCAN — One of Duncan’s best known locations has been undergoing quite a change during the past few weeks.

Fencing surrounding Kiddieland in Fuqua Park is getting an update during which the old chain link fence is getting replaced by a black steel bar fence. The project is lead by Leadership Duncan Class XVI and has become a collaborative effort between the class, the City of Duncan and the Duncan Kiwanis Club, who have run Kiddieland since its opening more than 50 years ago.

“It has worked out well,” said Curtis Thornton, project manager for the Leadership class. “The city and the Kiwanis have been unbelievably good to work with and it’s a good Leadership Duncan class.”

Since the class’ May 2012 graduation, they have worked on raising money for the estimated $50,000 project cost. Between monetary contributions, grants and material and labor donations, what they needed was raised in about 15 months.

“The city has worked on clearing out the undergrowth that was on the west side of Kiddieland,” said Thornton. “We’re right square in the middle of (the project) and it’s looking super.”

With about $22,200 in the project account, the class decided to get the ball rolling on the update. The City’s work is being done for free and Ricky Mayes has committed to providing the labor to put the new fence up. Right now, much of Kiddieland’s west side, the side that faces Hwy 81, has been completed.

“We’re supposed to get in the rest of the gates and materials in at the end of this week,” Thornton said. “We’re still looking to be done by the end of this year.”

In addition to the fence, the class is working on a commemorative sign to post at the Kiddieland entrance. Duncan residents, former and current, can purchase a spot on the sign for $100 to put their name or the name of a family member.

The final day to purchase a spot is Thursday. To reserve and pay for your spot, contact Sandy Stewart at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry by calling 580-255-3644 or emailing

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