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Second Lawton Kids-Zone in the works

Lawton_The popularity of Lawton's Kid's-Zone Park on Northwest 38th Street has some local realtors ready to build a new one.  The playground has been a magnet for families since it was built about eight years ago, and Realtor Betsy Parks is among those who think it's time for another one.  She is heading up an effort to bring a different version of Kid's-Zone to Elmer Thomas Park near the Holiday House.

Parents who spoke with 7News are happy about the possibility of another Kid's-Zone, noting the current Kid's-Zone is jam-packed, and they welcome the idea of another place for kids to play.  "Oh, that is great!  That is absolutely fantastic," said one mother of toddlers, Christie Lawson.  "We just moved here this past week, so this whole week they've been coming," said parent Robyn Gusman.

Gusman's kids already have fallen in love with Kid's-Zone, and she says her kids love to run, play, and ride the ‘horses.'  "There are a whole lot of kids that have been here throughout the week!" 

Not many years ago, the playground was only part of a field in the park on 38th Street.  But community leaders got together to raise money to purchase equipment and recruit volunteers to put the project together.  In October, 2000 they had teamed up for the hard work, and in one-week's time the playground was created.  However, this time, they won't need volunteers to build the playground as the City of Lawton already has agreed to provide the manpower to put the playground together.

They need $400,000 in donations.  Parks says she is helping to raise the money, and she wanted to help because the current Kid's-Zone is almost too popular.  "If you drive by the Kid's-Zone on 38th Street there are so many cars there they were vying for spaces in the parking lot," she said. 

Gusman says that with two Kid's-Zones, her kids will be able to choose a spot to play freely.  "They love the slides, the swings - they love it all!"  Parks says she hopes to raise $400,000 by the end of the year, and hopes construction begins immediately after the money is raised.  She says if all goes well, they may even build a third Kid's-Zone at a Lawton park east of I-44.

Count on 7News to keep you updated.

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