The Fairfax Improvement Foundation held a soft-opening of the new Fairfax Park playground equipment Friday, Au­g­ust 3, 2018. Pastor Andy Braams, at right on left, pictured with Bob Alldredge, provided the blessing before the kids rushed the playground. Also pictured is Nash Stevens, at top middle, and other local children at top left who came to the event to try out the new equipment.

The first phase of the year-long project of erecting a new playground in the Fairfax City Park is complete. The Fairfax Improvement Foundation (FIF) members are delighted with the results of their hard labor, generous donations and dedication of so many involved.
The ground tile padding was laid last Thursday which allowed for the playground to be put to use before the Fairfax Fair. In a soft announcement, special blessing and opening of the fenced in area Friday evening, August 3, the children flocked in to test the end results.
Bob Alldredge, project chairman, and Pastor Andy Braams gave a short overall dedication and special blessing of the new equipment, followed by a zip down the slides by the two. The FIF members present were acknowledged as having the foresight for this state-of-the art project as were those who have donated and assisted in the construction of it. The old merry-go-round has been reconstructed and will be set on a separate tiled pad as well.
A ribbon cutting and formal celebration will be held at a later date.
Past newspaper articles have listed the donors. The following people have donated since that last article: Golden Triangle Energy, Craig; and Keith and Ann Wensel.
Those volunteering during construction of the playground and contributing with gifts-in-kind deeds are: Bob Alldredge, Danny Kemerling, Jack Vernon, Jay Smith, Ian Hedlund, Todd Fogg, Bob Carlock, Kent Fisher, Sam Creed, Marion Oswald, Mike Oswald, Richard Oswald, Richard Hendricks, Bo Shebaum, Loraine Chastain, Marilyn Alldredge, Marshal Oswald, Jill Kingery, Gene Carder, Jim Allen, Jacob Smith, Josh Oswald, Richard Lock, Jamie and Barb Lewis, Jeff Weedin, Connie Dunkle and Daybreak Café, Community Hospital-Fairfax and dietary department, Reggie Koop, Ernie Hafner, Fairfax Fertilizer Service, MDT Woodworks, Bob Schooler and Shane Heits, and State Representative Allen Andrews. (FIF apologizes if someone’s name has been inadvertently omitted.)
FIF members hope to add some playground items for toddlers by spring.