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Submitted by April Dobrinske, City of Green Castle
Over the course of the past five years or so, the City of Green Castle has worked tirelessly on efforts to raise funds that would allow for new park equipment to be installed in the city park. Mayor Greg Dobrinske led the effort along with the city council members, city employees, and several community members that came together and decided the park needed some updates to the playground equipment as the existing structures had been there for over 60 years.
The group knew this would be a big undertaking as small towns face big obstacles when it comes to funding and obtaining those much needed updates that would allow for work to be done to the existing slide, swings, and monkey bars while adding new equipment and ultimately giving the youth in the community a safe place to gather and play with family and friends.
The city is very pleased with the response they have received from the new structure that cost nearly $18,000, and believe the money was very well spent for their community. While neighboring towns, with much larger populations, may collect tax on purchases throughout the township to pay for their park updates – Green Castle has no such thing. Therefore we rely solely on the generosity of businesses, organizations, and individuals within the community that truly want to see our small town thrive and provide things to keep youth interested and invested in their futures and the future of Green Castle.
We are continuing our fundraising efforts as we would like to add more things for families to do in the park such as a new merry-go-round, climbing structure, and busy stations.
The city is currently working on grants to provide recycling friendly trash cans, benches and picnic tables, and rubber mulch for safety. If anyone would like to contribute to the efforts you can contact the Green Castle City Hall Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at (660) 874-4717, Mayor Greg Dobrinske, or city alderman April Dobrinske.