SRMC makes donation to Sidney Park Project

SIDNEY, NE — A new playground in Sidney's Legion Park is closer to becoming reality after a donation from a local hospital. 

Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) donated $25,000 to the Sidney Park Project Monday. Organizers say this brings the total for fundraising to over $450,000.

The Park Project needs to raise just over $650,000 to make the new playground a reality. Organizers say that total may grow slightly due to the increasing costs for steel. 

Park Project member Ally Benzel says the equipment for the new playground will be ordered Monday. Once it arrives, it will be stored at the former Cabela's distribution center until the space is ready for construction. 

Benzel says a majority of the funds still needed will go toward replacing the surfacing at the playground. 

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