SIDNEY, NE — After several months of planning and designing, a group in the panhandle is moving on to raising funds for their project.
The Sidney Park Project needs to raise just over $650,000 for the new playground they hope to build at the city's Legion Park.
Their goal is to replace the current playground with one that is more accessible and inclusive for kids of all ability levels and replace old equipment.
"I have just been amazed at all the feedback we've received from the community," Park Project committee president Madi Wilkinson said. "I think everyone's done a great job on the committee so far to really meet everyone's needs and hear all the feedback.
Wilkinson says the group is excited to take the next step.
"Everything is accounted for at that park," Wilkinson said. "Every detail has been thought over for many hours so it's cool to get into the fundraising part and getting all of our hard work out into the community."
The group has several ways to donate including through PayPal, Venmo under the name Sidney Park Project and on their website. People can also donate via check by sending it to P.O. Box 296 in Sidney.
The project is also partnering with local restaurants for fundraiser nights and are in the process of applying for grants. They will be doing community outreach as well to educate people about the project, including at this weekend's KSID Spring Expo.
The Sidney Park Project is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization. All funds through the project will be raised via donations and grants. They have no intention to use any city funds for the project.