New Auburn residents used its first annual Community Project Day, June 14, to install new playground equipment in the city park. Photo by Tracy Busch
The city of New Auburn held its first annual community project day on June 14th. The purpose of this year’s project day was to install new playground equipment and bring people together as a community.
Elizabeth Frahm, with the New Auburn Lions, had been collecting donations for new playground equipment—new swings, diggers and bouncers—for more than a year and new equipment was purchased this spring. Donations for the playground equipment were made by local civic groups, charitable groups and corporations.
All local groups were asked to also help provide food for a community picnic to follow the work-time. The picnic was a huge success with all groups outdoing themselves with generous donations of food, drink, and their time cooking and serving.
On Saturday morning, more than 20 adults and more than 30 youths came to the city park. While adults and some teens put together the new equipment and began installation, children painted the inside and outside of the park bathrooms. With so many helping hands, other projects (painting park benches, and picnic table legs, smoothing dirt and seeding for grass) were also completed.
Bob Kloeckl was supervisor. He and some of the New Auburn firemen had prepared the sites for the new equipment by doing the excavation and cement work needed for each piece well before Saturday morning.
By 2 p.m. everything was done that could be done, the park cleaned up and kids were already trying out the new equipment!
submitted by Catherine Lorenz, New Auburn City Council