New playground equipment coming soon to Sidney Boys & Girls Club

Since 2004, the Richland County unit of the Boys & Girls Club at MonDak has been a safe and fun place for children in Richland County to spend their time after school and on Fridays. Thanks to the donations of time and money from community members, they were able to make several changes to improve the program for children. Now another giveaway will change their program for the better.

The Sidney Kiwanis Club was established in 1924 and is a local Kiwanis International club. They do community service and try to make a global impact. They also often sponsor local youth organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs. Each year, members of the Sidney Kiwanis Foundation vote for something special to do for the community. In January 2022 it was decided that they needed playground equipment for the children to be placed on the Boys & Girls Club grounds. In May, children participating in the Boys & Girls Club after-school program were able to help decide which playset to get. The staff chose six different game designs from the six that the children voted on. The Cabana Bay Playset is a 34′ x 46′, 75′ tall playset with two slides, climbing wall, monkey bars, tunnel, bongo drums and more. It is intended for children aged five to seven and will be all blue, including the blue rubber mulch. There will be a fence around it, but the fence must remain open all year round so that children from all over the community can also use it, not just Boys and Girls Club members.

Previously, when children in the after-school program had to play on the playground equipment, they had to be escorted across the street to the Central Elementary School playground. This required a great deal of cooperation, communication and staff involvement. While after-school club members will be supervised on the equipment during Boys & Girls Club hours, it is more convenient for staff, closer to restrooms, and safer for children than walking in the school playground. They removed trees from the Boys & Girls Club lawn to make room for playground equipment on September 9, equipment was delivered to the club on September 12, and generous volunteers opened the playground. game on September 16. September 24 Glen Wheeler, Kiwanis International, will proudly join local volunteers to help assemble the playset. The playset will be located on the lawn just south of the Boys & Girls Club at the MonDak unit in Richland County.

Harold B. McConnell