Lions Park playground gets a makeover

By on October 19, 2013

ELBURN—The playground at the Elburn Lions Club Lions Park is getting a facelift and a retrofit, thanks to the club’s fundraising efforts and those of the volunteers doing the work.

The project began last year, under the guidance of the Elburn Lions past president Pam Hall. Hall said that the Lions Club fundraising events throughout the year helped to fund the $25,000 project to update the equipment to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, provide needed maintenance and add some new equipment.

Hall said the current playground was built 25 years ago. Without a park district within the village, the park and the playground over the years have provided a place for children in the community to come and play, whether or not their parents are Lions Club members.

“A ton of kids come and play on the playground equipment,” Hall said. “It gets a lot of use.”

Hall explained that in addition to providing services at a regional and national level, as well as around the world, one of the goals of the Lions Club is to give to its local community. The updating of the playground is one way the club is doing that.

“We’re putting money back into the community,” she said.

Hall said that things have changed in the last 25 years, and the ADA standards that existed then have changed. The new equipment will meet the new ADA standards.

She said that during the first year or two, club members will be working on maintenance-type things. They began by dismantling part of the playground, moving the ramp and changing the railings and steps.

For his Eagle Scout project, Elburn Eagle Scout Jacob Sheehan will put in place all new timbers and do the edging around the playground. He and his fellow scouts will be working on that the weekend of Oct. 25-26.

Club volunteers will be pouring the asphalt for the sidewalk in November, which will allow people in wheelchairs better access to the playground. The Leos Club helped to raise the money for the sidewalk, as well as purchasing three sensory panels and a chimes maze that will be added with people with disabilities in mind.

“People don’t realize that the Lions Club and the Park is a 501© 3 organization,” Hall said.
What that means is that the club doesn’t receive funding from the government. All the work is done through volunteers and fundraising.”

Photos by Lynn Logan