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Funds donated to pay for Apache Junction park’s playground shade structure

Funds donated to pay for Apache Junction park’s playground shade structure

by Richard H Dyer | Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent

Street view of City Complex Park

The city of Apache Junction received a $30,226.46 donation from Apache Greyhound Park that will be used to pay for a 45-foot-wide shade structure over playground equipment at City Complex Park in front of the multi-generational center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

“In our parks we really work hard making sure we have fun places for kids and their families and that they’re safe,” Liz Langenbach, director of the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department, said at the Sept. 5 city council meeting. “Recently – in this past year – Ed Braunger from Apache Greyhound had reached out to us with some funds that were in their foundation funds and asked what were some things that we were looking for that we needed to do and one of the big things that we have been looking for the last year or so is to be adding shade structures to our parks.”

The shade structure is approximately 45 feet in diameter and will cover the largest portion of the playground, offering year-round enjoyment and safety at the facility, she said in an e-mail. The city’s goal is to add shade structures to portions of all of its playgrounds in parks as funds become available, she said.

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