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August 29, 2013

Leadership Duncan Class XVI nears goal for new Kiddieland fence

DUNCAN — By the time Kiddieland in Fuqua Park opens for its next summer season, it will be surrounded by a brand new fence.

Leadership Duncan Class XVI has been working on raising funds for the project since their graduation in May 2012. Class members now believe they have what is needed to get the job rolling with about $22,200 in the bank.

“What we needed added up to about $50,000 but because of donations, it’s got it down closer to $26,000,” said Curtis Thornton, project manager for the class. “That’s really awesome and it’s shocked me how everything has come together.”

From the City of Duncan committing to removing the existing fence and disposing it for free to Dan Neal with Neal Consulting providing labor for the project, much labor cost has been deducted. Additionally, employees at the fence company the class is using from Tulsa discounted their prices because they were familiar with Kiddieland.

Grants and donations from the McCasland Foundation, Cotton Electric, almost all of the Duncan banks, Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and Duncan Beautification filled in the gaps, along with class project fundraisers.

“We estimate the start date to be at the end of September after Kiddieland closes,” said Thornton. “We anticipate completion by the end of the year.”

Since the project has been publicized, other aspects have been added to the idea of creating a more attractive outside to Kiddieland. One of those ideas was landscaping.

“We always thought it would be neat to have crapemyrtles around the fence since Duncan is the Crapemyrtle Capitol of Oklahoma,” Thornton said.

“Carolyn Rodgers got involved and she’s already had her landscape designers down there figuring out where and what to plant and how to clear out the undergrowth. It’s going to look really sharp.”

The class would also like to put up a commemorative cast aluminum sign at Kiddieland thanking everyone who made it possible for the project to succeed.

They will be selling spots where people can their name, child’s name or grandchild’s name.

“Spots will be limited for that and we will stop taking orders on Oct. 31,” he said. To get your name on the sign, contact Sandy Stewart at Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 580-255-3644 or email, duncancc@duncanchamber.com.

Leadership Duncan Class XVI and the Kiwanas, who have run Kiddieland for more than 50 years, are teaming up for one last fundraiser for the project.

From 5-8 p.m. Aug. 31, the class will be selling hot dogs and drinks.

Clarification: In today's printed edition, it was noted that Kiddieland rides were free. They are not. The rides are still the same price on this night. Tickets are .50 cents each.

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