Fundraiser Friday to replace Kingsford Park playground swings

Kingsford Park Elementary School Dr. Mary Volkomer speaks during the opening of the school's new playground in 2018. KPS students and parents are raising funds for "phase two" of the project, which will include a new swingset among many other upgrades.

OSWEGO — An effort to raise funds to replace the swingsets at a city elementary school will kick off tomorrow evening.

The Kingsford Park Elementary School Home and School Association will hold a walk-a-thon Friday, Oct. 4 at the Oswego Middle School track from 5-8 p.m.  The event is open to all community members and will include food trucks and tents, inflatables, outdoor fun, music and more. Officials are recommending warm-weather clothing.

Students and supporters have been circulating pledge forms to collect cash to finance the installation of swingsets at the KPS playground, removed during a recent renovation. The swingset project is “phase two” of the park upgrades, officials said, which is slated to also include multi-spinner merry-go-round, stepping pods and a trekking trail rope bridge.

The “phase one” playground was opened in September 2018 and came after a successful lobbying campaign by KPS students on Mayor Billy Barlow and the city Common Council. Barlow and 5th Ward Councilor John Gosek steered $40,000 to the renovation project to fix glaring safety and space issues on the decades-old playground, according to officials.

All community members are invited to join the KPS team at the track for a bite to eat, make a friendly donation and do some laps.

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