Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Elmer and Lucile Stecklein gave $1,000 to the Springfield Park on Thursday. From left are Linda Bohrer, Matalyn Peck, Dallin Peck, Sarah Peck, San Juana Perez, Commissioner Cleone Jolley, Commissioner Whitney Manwaring, Lucile Stecklein, Herb Bohrer and Elmer Stecklein.
Elmer and Lucile Stecklein, owners of Elmer's in Blackfoot, donated $1,000 to the Springfield Park project on Thursday.
The Springfield Park committee started raising funds for playground equipment in the community park last March.
"We thought this was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community since many fond memories were made in Springfield," said Lucile Stecklein.
Steckleins raised their three daughtersâ€”Beverly, MaryLou and Patriciaâ€”in the Springfield area.
At the time, they lived on Stecklein Road in Pingree and had a store in Springfield.
The girls attended the elementary school in Springfield. Elmer was president of the PTA. All three daughters graduated from Aberdeen High School.
Fundraising for the playground equipment is now complete, said committee member Herb Bohrer. All equipment at the park is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The foundation for the swings was dug in November.
"Right now, it's just frozen mud," said Bohrer.
Committee members sponsored dinners, swap meets, a fun run and yard sale to raise funds for this project.
Craig Rowland, Bingham County Parks and Recreation Director, applied for and received a $1,500 grant that was used to purchase some of the playground equipment.