A crew from Schueth Concrete, LLC, of Mound City is pictured pouring cement in the forms for the retaining walls on the Fairfax playground project.

Progress is being made on the new playground at the Fairfax City Park. The concrete has been poured for that stage of progress, and donors have been generous with contributions toward the playground project. The base still requires some sidewalk work leading to the playground along with some other preparation before the playground equipment arrives the first part of May.
“Although we have made great progress with fundraising, we still have between $7,000 to $8,000 to go,” said Bob Alldredge, FIF project chairman. “We are very hopeful that we can meet our goal soon but still need the public’s help. If we should surpass the goal, we are hopeful of putting some small pieces in that would appeal to 1-3 year olds,” Alldredge concluded.
The entire set-up will be a great asset to the City of Fairfax. City workers assisted early on with the project but are busy working on city street improvements now.
This project, sponsored by the Fairfax Improvement Foundation (FIF), would not have been possible without the generosity of many. The organization is especially thankful for Enel Green Power of North America for their donation of $63,000 which initially began the process.
Major donors, in addition to Enel, include: Atchison County Development Corporation; Keith Seymour family, Leawood, Kansas; Warren & Evalyn Morgan Trust, Rock Port; Fairfax Kiwanis Club; Fairfax Optimist Club; Missouri Masonic Home; NorthwestCell/Midwest Data, Rock Port; Advanced Pork System/Doug Garrison; Fairfax Fertilizer, Bruce and Logan Pyeatt.
Additional donors include: Fairfax Xi Lambda Beta, Beta Sigma Phi; Robert and Marilyn Alldredge; Jack and Ginny Vernon; Doyne Swan; Danny and Alice Kemerling; Fairfax Agency, Inc.; Bob and Krys Carlock; Kay Rosenbohm; Kent and Barb Fisher; Roger and Ann Martin; Phillip and Donovan Cooper; Fairfax Masonic Lodge Charity Fund; John Richards Post 284; Marshall and Michelle Oswald; UMBAR, LLC, Tim and Sandy Umbarger; Jay and Stephanie Smith; Lane and Aimee’ Seymour; Sodbusters Service Co., Rick and Steve Harrington, Tarkio; John and Sarah Seymour, St. Joseph; Shirley Hannah, Tarkio; Melvin and Thelma Miles; Steve Schlachter, Cape Coral, Florida; Sheldon and Patty Davis; Schooler Funeral Home, Jim and Bobbie Schooler; K.R. and Mary Anne Pennel; Rays’ Dairy Diner; Stoner & Bartholomew Drug, Rock Port; D.L. and Leona Ray; Dannye Bradfield; John and Joyce Pearce; Mike and Eileen Marrison; Aeschilman Insurance, Tarkio; Marilyn and Leon Reed; Kenneth and Darlene Joesting, Tarkio, in memory of Jess and Preshie Mills; Dennis and Phyllis Martin, Tarkio; Eugene and Sue Carder; Ernest and Nancy Hafner; Dan and Linda Fries; Dean and Lois Wiley; Charles and Shirley Beck, Mercedes, Texas; Matt, Marsha, Justin, Alicia, Mason and Kendal Straub; Connie Dunkle and Jack Bright; Cheryl and Lorraine Chastain; Pat Fisher; Georgia Gilley; and Mardee Collingham, Tarkio.
The rubber tile padding (2’ x 2’ tiles, 3” thick) that will be placed under the equipment is safer, cleaner and attractive. The playground area to be covered is 3,264 sq. ft. and will consume 23,028 lbs. of Missouri scrap tires, which is an equivalent of 1,166 passenger tires. Research shows serious playground injuries are reduced by approximately 75% when safety tiles are used. The surface also will provide handicap accessibility to the equipment. The surface does not freeze, dries quickly, and stays cleaner, which increases play time for children who need to be outdoors for fresh air and creative play. The rubber playground safety tiles are made through a process which uses 100% Missouri scrap tires, a direct benefit to our environment. The group has requested 10 different bid proposals for the rubber mat product, and are estimating the cost of $35,000, which has been included in the total projected cost of $125,000 for the overall project.
Donations can be made to Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri and mailed to P.O. 45, Fairfax, MO 64446, marked for Fairfax Playground.