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St. Pete Kiwanis Park set for upgrades

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Kiwanis Club members are ready to help upgrade the park their organization created 35 years ago.

Members of the Florida District of Kiwanis/Division 13 are scheduled to present two checks totaling $20,000 to the city of St. Petersburg.

The donation will be used for the safety surfacing and fencing portion of the playground, making the playground area both beautiful and safe for children. This project is part of Kiwanis International’s goal of “improving the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Immediately after, the Kiwanis, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council vice chair Darden Rice will join neighborhood families and staff members from the city’s parks department for a picnic at the park. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the park, 38th Avenue N between 18th and 19th streets.

It was 35 years ago when the local Kiwanis clubs offered to fund and build a park for children in the city of St. Petersburg. Upon completion, the park was named “Kiwanis Park.”

Once again, the local Kiwanis Clubs, through a partnership with the City of St. Petersburg, will help upgrade this park for neighborhood families and children.

The Florida District of Kiwanis/Division 13 includes six local Kiwanis clubs involved in the community working directly with the kids and raising funds to be used to improve the lives of children. Kiwanis’ efforts for schools include Service Leadership Programs, reading and books for children in elementary classrooms, college scholarships and student recognition events.

Community support programs include Family Fun Fishing Day Events, Ft. DeSoto Sea Oats Planting, Pinellas Trail Cleanup and “Field of Honor” — when flags are placed honoring past and present veterans. Kiwanis conducts numerous fundraising activities and also assists other community programs such as Clothes to Kids; Special Olympics; Ronald McDonald House Meals; Relay For Life; Habitat For Humanity; Salvation Army Bell Ringing; No Child Goes Hungry; and many others.

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