DURANT, OK - It's an event KXII told you about weeks ago, but now after weeks of work. The Durant Kiwanis are proud to show off their improvements to Schuler Park.
Just a few short weeks ago, Schuler Park was full of graffiti, but Kiwanis members have been working to get rid of the graffiti and make the park more attractive to families.
"It's been phenomenal, major transformation; we're very pleased with the success of the project. We’ve seen children out here playing since 9:30am," said Kiwanis Club member Linda Prather.
That major transformation of Schuler Park included painting all of the equipment and replacing gravel and mulch. It was all done by the Durant Kiwanis club. Project co-chair Linda Prather says the bathrooms were in such horrible shape, they were unusable, but the Kiwanians fixed that. Now, children don't have to go home to use the bathroom. In fact, the group did such a great job, Congressman Dan Boren stopped by for the parks re-dedication.
"It's a place where people can bring their kids, studies have shown that being involved and playing with your children helps them to become better learners and this is a great environment for children," said Boren.
Over 20 Kiwanians helped organize the event. Children spent the day with parents, swinging and sliding on the playground equipment. That's exactly what the Kiwanians were hoping to accomplish.
"We think we got the job well done on this, when the kids were smiling and playing and appreciating all of the work we put into it. I think we had close to 77 man hours of actually getting this project off the ground," said Kiwanis member Chad Sitton.
The Kiwanians say they're proud of their achievements, and are thrilled to see families filling the park. But say they couldn't have improved the park without the help of the city or the community.