Alta Playground Fundraiser raises over $14,000

Friday, March 6, 2020
A part of the crowd at last weekend’s fundraiser. /Photo by Stephanie Lynam

A generous $14,210 was raised on Feb. 29 to upgrade Alta’s elementary school playground. The fiesta-themed fundraiser with silent auction and dance was organized by the Warrior Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

“Our fundraiser went fantastic!” Kayla Wilson, PTO President, said. “We are going to replace our current playground with a new one. The current one was built almost 30 years ago,” Wilson said of the community/elementary school playground located north of the shelter house, near the swimming pool and track. She said the park is overall in great shape, and some of the pieces have been updated to make it safe, but due to current building codes, further updating is necessary.

The Alta parks are funded jointly by the City of Alta and the school district. The cost of updating the playground and park properties is estimated at between $200,000 - $275,000, and the project could take about four years to complete.

Heidi Reetz, chair of the City of Alta Park Board, said the fundraiser went well and they had a great turnout from the community. “The playground was getting worn out. They actually had to remove some stuff because of safety,” she said. Funds garnered from the fundraiser will go towards the playground and park area.

At a recent Alta City Council meeting, Reetz said a goal of the Park Board is to improve Alta’s parks and facilities so that residents do not have to travel to Storm Lake for the parks.

The Alta Park Board consists of five elected members and uses funds appropriated by the City Council for use in maintaining and managing the city parks, shelter house, swimming pool and ball fields.