Killdeer Public School playground to be updated

Projected image of the future Killdeer school playground. Photo from Killdeer Public School

After 30 years, the Killdeer Public School will receive an update to be put back up to code and give local kids a better place to play.

By Zak Wellerman
Over 280 children use the playground just during school hours and it is open to the city, playground committee member Ashlynn Helfrich said.
The playground committee is currently fundraising to reach their goal of $200,000 for the planned upgrades. As of now, the committee has reached $10,000.
“We hope the community can come together. As a teacher here, we see how outdated the playground is and the need to update it for the kids,” Helfrich said.
The update to the playground will include taking everything out and replacing the old with new and improved equipment and getting rid of the tire swing and making it safer. The wooden parts that were damaged by recent storms will be replaced with up to code playground equipment, Helfrich said.
The goal is to start the replacement process in May and complete it at one time, she added.
The following businesses and community members have donated to the playground:
WPX Energy
Butch’s Rat Hole & Anchor
Oil Patch Group
Chemplex Advanced Materials
Class of 67
In-Line Directional Drilling
Candyce Kleeman Family
Barry and Penny Lee
Robert and Tracey Dolezal
If you like to donate to the playground committee, you can send it to the school or give to playground committee’s account at the American Bank Center.
Donors will be recognized for future generations to see the contributions that were made with a lifetime board right off highway 22.
The committee is looking for ideas on how to fundraise more to reach the goal to have something going within the next few weeks.
“I really hope as a community we can come together and improve the system that we have,” Helfrich said.


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