The Pratt Pilot Club International held a special dedication ceremony on Saturday to recognize community supporters in Pratt.
After months of hard work, some helpful volunteers and lots of donated hours, the Pilot Club of Pratt all inclusive “Friendship Playground” is officially dedicated and children of all ages are enjoying the new equipment. Official dedication was 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the playground site in Sixth Street Park.
Equipment installation was completed a few weeks ago and children have already enjoyed playing there, said Pilot Club member Linda Broce.
Besides the equipment, two sets of benches have been added to both sides of the new playground area.
The City of Pratt parks department was extremely helpful in getting the site ready to go, Broce said.
The Pilot Club used a variety of donations to help make the project possible including a flamingo project where the club would place plastic flamingos in the lawn at a residence then the owner would make a donation to have the flamingos moved to another location. The club raised $8,500 in just two months but the playground equipment was much more than that. So other donations came through to make the equipment, that is available to everyone including people with handicaps, a reality in the park.
Among the organizations and individuals that donated to the project are Pratt County, City of Pratt, Gamma Beta ESA, Pilot International, Legacy Bank, D&R Trucking, Kiwanis Club, Larrison Mortuary, Danielle and Jeremy Demuth, Elks Club, Prater Oil and Gas, South Central Foundation, Stanion Electric, Trand Inc. TR Rentals and Marilyn Stewart.