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DATCU Pitches in $100K for Denton Park
Monday, July 27, 2015 6:55 AM

As the construction date approaches for the new Eureka 2 playground at South Lakes Park in Denton, Texas, local businesses continue to throw money into the pot.

DATCU, a local credit union, presented a $100,000 check to the Denton Parks Foundation at the City Council meeting. The money will help fund a new $500,000 playground to replace the original Eureka wooden play structures.

“We want to honor our community that has helped us succeed for the past 80 years,” said Dale Kimble, DATCU president and CEO. “We’ll do anything we can to give children a safe place to play and grow up.”

The Denton Parks Foundation has raised about $180,000 for the project through fundraising events, online crowdsourcing platforms, and individual donations. Eureka 2 project chairwoman Chrissy Mallouf said the foundation expects to raise $375,000 by Sept. 1.

“This project is community-focused so it’s nice to see these businesses that I interact with on a daily basis become so involved and give back,” Mallouf said.

Community volunteers built the original Eureka playground in 1995. When the treated wood began leaching arsenic, the city had to start performing costly maintenance twice a year. In addition to following updated EPA guidelines, the new playground designed by Denton elementary school students will also be more accessible for handicapped children.

Demolition of the existing structure will begin on Oct. 17 with a decommissioning ceremony. Officials will use a backhoe to tear down the 20-year-old structure. The right to make the first strike with the backhoe is being auctioned off for $10,000, the second for $7,500, and the third for $5,000. Construction on Eureka 2 will take place Nov. 9-14, and more than 300 volunteers are expected to participate.

Residents can still donate to the project by attending an upcoming fundraiser on Aug. 22 at all Denton Kwik Kar locations. A portion of all oil-change sales will be donated to the project. Families and individuals can also purchase engraved wooden pickets that will surround the playground. Donations can be made online or put in a locked deposit box at South Lakes Park.

For more information or to donate, go to eureka2playground.com or track the progress on Facebook through the Denton Parks Foundation page.