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September 17, 2012

City of Lenox to get new playground equipment

TIFTON — The City of Lenox will be installing new playground equipment at Roscoe Francis Memorial Park this weekend, and they’re asking for any volunteers to help Saturday morning for the “Community Build Day.” The park is located at 200 Sherman Ave. (head east once getting off of Exit 49 from Interstate 75).

Jim Marshall, councilman for Post 2, said the park, named after the former mayor and councilman of Lenox, is approximately 10 plus years old.

Currently, there are two full-size basketball courts and a large swing set that seats six people, he stated. He said adding the new equipment will include more options for the children to enjoy.

“It makes them work and think,” he added. “That’s what I love about it.”

Marshall said the playground equipment, which is coming out of Minnesota, will be delivered Thursday. He stated that they decided to go with the patriotic colors red, white and blue for the equipment.

He said the new playground will be a great asset to Lenox and the entire surrounding area and will produce healthier children.

He stated that the total project will cost $35,000. However, a program called “KaBOOM!,” which was started by Dr. Pepper and Snapple, helped with this expense. After the city council learned about the program from the community center in Adel, they filled out an application and were awarded $15,000, Marshall said.

“We all felt good that we would get the grant,” he stated.

He said the mayor of Lenox, Dot Cloud, sent out approximately 40 letters about the project. The city received a positive response from the chemical plant, BASF, located just outside Lenox. The company donated $1,000 to the city to help with the expense. Also, Scruggs Concrete has committed to adding $0.25 for each $100 the city gets for up to $5,000.

Installation of base parts in the ground will begin Friday, Marshall said. The community build will start at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday and will end about 3 or 4 p.m. Volunteers should dress comfortably.

Marshall noted that Saturday’s build will be simple, “nothing really hard.” There will be food and drinks for volunteers.

“We need any and all volunteers and donations we can get,” he stated.

He added that the new playground will not only serve the Lenox community, but also Cook and Tift counties. He said Lenox may never be an industrial city, but it can be a good source of recreation in the community.

To make a donation, call Marshall at 848-2191 or Lenox City Hall at 546-4252.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.

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