Playground receives new equipment

EQUIPMENT: Sauble Township Trustee and Deputy Clerk Gail Raad and Sauble Township Supervisor Bill Gillard show the new playground equipment, Freddy the Fire Truck.
EQUIPMENT: Sauble Township Trustee and Deputy Clerk Gail Raad and Sauble Township Supervisor Bill Gillard show the new playground equipment, Freddy the Fire Truck.

Two grants purchase Freddy the Fire Truck for Sauble Township

SAUBLE TWP — Thanks to the help of two different grants, local children and vacationers in Sauble Township will have new equipment to check out at the Beth Ruby playground. These funds were able to purchase Freddy the Firetruck and mulch for the park grounds.

Sauble Township received a grant of $2,500 from the Lake County Community Foundation and a $2,570 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund to purchase the new playground equipment. Na-Tah-Ka Restaurant also donated $1,500 from their yearly raffle.

Sauble Township Supervisor Bill Gillard said Freddy the Fire Truck was costly. He pointed out steering wheels, a ladder and seats are built into the equipment, and it also makes noise.

“This playground gets used quite a bit all year-round and especially in the summer when vacationers come to the area,” Gillard said. “There are always big soft ball games during the Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market in the summer, and kids just flock to the playground during that time. The playground has expanded the past few years. Three years ago we got a pavilion with a grill for families to use and we planted shade trees.”

Sauble Township Trustee and Deputy Clerk Gail Raad said the playground is a great place for children to run off some energy.

“I am thankful for the generous grants and all the support locally to help build up our playground,” Raad said. “I encourage all Lake County residents to sign up for the Great Lakes Energy Round Up program which makes grants such as ours possible.”