Salem city workers spread pea gravel around the new $8,000 play structure at Salem City Park last week, officially completing the project that had begun two years earlier. That's when Annette Henley of Salem approached the city council with the idea.
The council appointed the Park Pride Committee to raise funds for the project, which was paid for by a combination of private donations and city funding.
The colorful play structure, which is located near the volleyball court and picnic pavilion, will be dedicated to Jack Prine, the longtime caretaker of the Salem City Park.
Two signs have yet to be erected, one dedicating the park to Prine, the other listing the major contributors.
Henley said her first grade class prepared letters to send home with all Salem Elementary School students, and the children responded with over $1,000 in donations.
Henley said several volunteers helped with the committee, but one, Melissa McCandlis, worked hard from the beginning raising funds for the project, contacting Salem businesses for donations.
When the committee had raised about $6,000, the city agreed to contributed the final $2,000 to complete the project, Henley said.