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Town’s Only Playground Removed Because Of Safety Standards

Poland was forced to remove their playground equipment because it did not meet safety requirements.

Poland, a town about 30 miles east of Terre Haute, is home to about 100 people and a small playground at the Poland Community Lions Club Park. But that playground’s equipment was recently removed because it was made of wood, a material that violates safety standards because of possible injuries from splinters and nails.

Lions Club President Bob Sonnefield says to get the playground back up and running, his group needs some more money.

“We’re having a hard time with the small community to, get enough funds together to add to what we have done so far,” he says.

The Lions Club has spent about $7,000 to renovate the facility, but it will take almost $60,000 to continue the upgrades.

Clay County parent Lynda Ellington says because the next  closest park is about 20 minutes away, she thinks this one is worth the investment

“A trail around the park would be nice,” she says. “I could exercise while the kids were playing and also a picnic shelter, but maybe some new grills in that you could spend time down here with the family and have a picnic and spend more than just a few minutes with the kids.

The Lions Club is applying for grants that it will add to their current fundraising efforts.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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