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June 7, 2013

Plans to replace Kiddieland fence move forward


When Leadership Duncan Class XIV chose to replace the fence around Kiddieland  in Fuqua Park, it at first looked like a daunting project with a goal of raising $20,000.
However, after much community generosity, plans are moving forward to make it all happen. Most recently, class member Gina Flesher wrote an application for a grant from the McCasland Foundation, which was accepted. The class will be receiving a $10,000 grant from the foundation.
“The McCasland Foundation has long supported many projects in Duncan,” said Curtis Thornton, project manager for the class. “On behalf of the Leadership Duncan Class XIV, I want to thank them for their generosity and support of this project.”
Kiddieland has been around since the Kiwanis Club installed it at least 50 years ago. That group still is in charge of the rides park. The current fencing is original to the park, therefore, it is old and takes away from the attractiveness of the park.
The class’ goal is to put up a newer, more attractive fence that is also safer. It will serve the purpose of keeping children inside the park while it’s open and keeping everyone out after hours.
“That fence and park is seen by more people a day in Duncan than maybe anything else because of its location near Main and off of Highway 81,” said Thornton. “It needs to be replaced and the bids we got at first were discouraging.”
When planning began on the fence project, the bids the class got in were so high, they were deemed unattainable. Then the City of Duncan agreed to absorb the cost of demolition and removal of the current fence, creating a significant savings, Thornton said.
Fundraising kicked off May 2012 with a hot dog cookout and Kiddieland day. Additionally, Dan Neal with Neal Consulting offered to provide labor for the project, adding another discount to the project.

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