‘Little’ Optimist club makes a big impact in Oil Springs

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Norah Irwin, 2, plays on the new park equipment in Oil Springs

 

A small service club in Oil Springs has some mighty big achievements.

Their latest project, a $35,000 modern and wheelchair accessible playground, was officially opened Saturday and local kids were already climbing about having fun.

Club members worked tirelessly for the past three years and raised $25,000 for the new development.

Club president Ken McLeod said the real reward comes when you see children having fun.

McLeod said he got involved with the Optimists when he moved to Oil Springs and his kids began playing sports.

“Optimists is kid oriented,” McLeod said. “We support all minor sports and activities such as bike rodeos.”

The playground upgrade is the third park project the 21-member club has completed in Oil Springs in the past 12 years.

The giant jungle gym and slide is wheelchair accessible. New swings and a unique tractor are also featured.

Other donors chipped in to help the project including the Oil Springs Legion which kicked in $4,500.

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