Teamwork effort brings new playset

Register/Richard Luken
From left, Steve Zimmerman of Sonic Equipment Company and Iola Parks Superintendent Berkley Kerr stand next to a new playset installed at Riverside Park. The funds for the $15,000 structure came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and proceeds from a chili feed sponsored by Sonic.

A joint effort between Iola and Sonic Equipment Company helped furnish a new playground structure at Riverside Park.
City crews installed the equipment, featuring several slides, walkways and a detached tire swing Monday.
The equipment replaces a wooden playground structure removed following the 2007 flood.
Proceeds came from Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. An additional $1,600 came from Sonic, which hosted a recent chili and ham and bean feed.
The structure, which cost about $15,000, was installed by workers from Iola’s parks and fire departments and the city power plant.
For liability reasons, the city also hired a supervisor to oversee the construction, which was completed Monday.
Parks employees added about 67 cubic yards of wooden mulch beneath the playsets Thursday, necessary to open the structures to the public.
Parks Superintendent Berkley Kerr said the city is working with Thrive Allen County and Sonic to investigate whether addition equipment may be purchased.
“We still have quite a bit of space in the park,” Kerr said.