Last month, the Kiwanis Club of Jenkins and the City of Jenkins began planning a project to improve one of the playground areas located near Elkhorn Lake in Jenkins. On Sunday, the plan became a reality as rubber mulch was placed in the playground.
“The Kiwanis motto is ‘Children Priority One’ and although Kiwanis International does great works across the globe, we are always looking for projects at home that enrich our communities. By working with the City of Jenkins, we were able to extend the use of the playground at the lake for many years to come with a new floor of rubber mulch. There’s nothing more satisfying than to see our kids enjoying themselves as they play, and I have to give credit to my wife Gina, who was the inspiration for this project,” said member John Roberts.
The project is a great example of teamwork in the community, as both organizations provided the rubber mulch and manpower necessary to pull it off. City workers cleaned up the playground area and prepared the site, while the Kiwanis Club added landscaping fabric and placed the mulch around the equipment.
“From our standpoint, it serves multiple purposes. There is a new law stating that sand is no longer allowed in these playground areas. Not only does it look good, it improves the safety of our kids. We were delighted that the Kiwanis Club offered to jumpstart this project, we certainly appreciate them for that. We are glad they are in our town,” said Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer.
The project was a huge success, given the need for improving safety and cleanliness of the area. There is no doubt the children of Jenkins will put this early Christmas present to good use for many years come.