The fundraising to update the playground equipment for the Wyoming Fairgrounds is going well, project organizer and Midland High School student Kristina Agnitsch said.

“I think we’re on a good pace,” she said during the first of two back-to-back dinner fundraisers at Wyoming’s Memorial Hall Oct. 19.

Before the dinner, Agnistch said the funds raised sat just shy of $13,000, about of a third of the way to her goal of $45,000.

The project would upgrade the playground equipment, most of which is over 50 years old. It would include updating the swings and replacing standalone pieces with a piece that combined multiple items. It would also replace the gravel surface with a rubber one. The goal of the updates would be to make the playground safer, be more inclusive by becoming Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and would improve the community and make another place for people to gather.

Speaking last October, Agnistch said the goal was for the fundraising to be completed by the spring of 2020 so the new equipment and surface can be installed by the summer. About a year later, she feels pretty good about where things sit.

Much of the fundraising has come from events, but that isn’t the only way. Agnistch said she’s also had people come up to her and hand her donations around town. The meal included a pulled pork dinner, and Oct. 26, there will be a roast beef sandwich dinner in Memorial Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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