More donations for Minden playground |

More donations for Minden playground

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Shannon Litz/The Record-Courier


Donations for new playground equipment can be dropped off or sent to the Douglas County School District Office, 1638 Mono Ave., Minden, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contributions are tax deductible.

For information, call 782-5134.

Two more donations have come in for new playground equipment at the old Minden grammar school which houses the Douglas County School district administrative offices.

School Superintendent Lisa Noonan said Doris Betts, whose husband F. Gregory Betts, was superintendent for 13 years, contributed $500 in his memory.

Gregory Betts died in July 2012 at age 81.

“She has many memories of their 10 grandchildren playing on this property over the years, and is hopeful we can complete the project soon,” Noonan said.

The Minden Fortnightly Club sent in $50, she said.

“These donations are much appreciated,” Noonan said.

So far, donations total nearly $3,000.

Noonan is attempting to raise $10,000 privately to replace the old equipment which was removed in April after the federal government issued guidelines indicating the swing set and monkey bars were unsafe.

The school district is spending $600,000 to replace all unsafe playground equipment at the elementary schools. The district decided not to use public funds at the old school, but is seeking to provide children and families in the neighborhood with a place to play.