BRITT | The Lions Park Playground Committee’s first Fall Gala was a success.

That’s what Pam Aitchison, a committee member and Britt Parks and Recreation Board president, said after the Nov. 10 event.

“The committee was really happy to see so many people come out and have a good time while they were supporting the playground fundraiser,” she said.

About 90 tickets were sold for the gala, which featured appetizers, music provided and donated by MOJO Productions and a silent auction, at the Britt Golf Course. The event raised $3,405 for the Lions Park Playground, Aitchison said.

“Our entire group is excited that this was such a great success and is looking forward to planning another event,” she said.

The money raised during the gala will go toward replacing equipment at Lions Park.

In September, Aitchison said the committee had raised about $62,000, including $45,000 set aside by the parks and rec board, for the project since it began its fundraising efforts in June, but it was still $120,000 shy of the total project cost.

For the past year, the playground committee, consisting of 10 local members, has been discussing and researching new equipment options that are handicap accessible and offer “a lot more play opportunities” for the park’s two play areas: one for children 2 to 5 years old and the other for children 5 to 12 years old.

Much of the park’s current equipment is about 30 years old, Aitchison estimated, noting the city’s and committee’s interest in updating the park comes after the Lion’s Club built a new picnic shelter.

For more information or to donate to the Lions Park project, call City Hall at 641-843-4433.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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