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Leadership Bartlesville helps carousel

June 15, 2014

By Emily Droege, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Okla.



June 15--When the current Leadership Bartlesville class learned that unexpected repairs had sent Kiddie Park's maintenance budget off the tracks, the group proposed establishing a financial safety net for the popular community attraction.

John J. Kane, vice president for Leadership Bartlesville's Class 23, explained that the class is in the "beginning stages" of setting up an endowment fund at the Bartlesville Community Foundation that will allow residents to make tax-deductible donations to help preserve the financial stability of the family-fun park for future generations.

Last month, the popular community asset located at the entrance of Johnstone Park, opened for the 67th season.

Almost immediately, however, the carousel's main bearings gave out, causing the popular ride to grind to a halt.

The total cost of structural repairs, including rebuilding the electric motor and labor such as cement and paint work and a state inspection is estimated to be $20,000. Around $8,000 has been raised so far, and Adams anticipates the restoration project to be complete by the end of July.

"Kiddie Park is such a great asset for our community and families in Bartlesville that we felt we needed to do our part to help fix the carousel and help preserve funding for the park for families now and into the future," said Kane.

Ron Adams, president of the Bartlesville Playground Association, is grateful for the caring spirit from the leadership class. He explained that since the park's opening in 1947, it has operated season-to-season by the income earned during operating hours, supplemented by occasional donations.

However, he said that as "the years have gone by, participation in volunteering has dropped dramatically and so have donations."

"It is truly an honor to see that volunteerism is still alive and the Leadership Bartlesville group has accepted the task to an endowment fund to help the park into the future," said Adams.

Members in Bartlesville Leadership provide opportunities for all residents to become informed and involved in shaping the Bartlesville area. The retention and investment tool for area businesses and nonprofits also promotes the importance of community

leadership.

"Leadership Bartlesville truly is about friends who see the importance of what our little treasure means to our community and realizes that the park has to have the community support for it to prosper into the future and not to fade away like so many things do in a lifetime," added Adams.

For more information about, go to www.kiddiepark.net.

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