In the late 1990’s, the city and concerned citizens determined the need for new playground equipment at Forest Park. Members of the Community Foundation raised $30,000 for this, and the city provided a matching grant. Playground equipment was purchased and installed, but a short time later caught fire and completely burned.
In 2000 a new playground equipment fund was begun, and members of the community rallied to raise more than $60,000 to replace the burned equipment. Not only was the response just short of amazing, there was no one big contributor to this project, but the result of many many smaller donations. This equipment has been a real asset to the park and is enjoyed by many.