Citywide effort to support Southside

Published on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 23:01 - Written by KELLY GOOCH

A citywide lemonade stand fundraiser will take place this weekend to help raise money for a proposed all-inclusive playground at Southside Park.

Volunteer Project Coordinator Amanda Storer said stands will “pop up” throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Families are putting stands in their neighborhoods, including the Azalea District, and there also will be stands in Southside Park, she said. Aside from lemonade, stands also may sell prepackaged drinks, pre-packaged popsicles, bottled water and other prepackaged items, according to the Southside Park website.

Ms. Storer said participants do not have to sell for a specific period of time.

“This is easy for some of our parents with children. ... Anybody can stand out there and sell lemonade or popsicles” (or other items), she said.

Then from 5 to 7 p.m. that day, a charity event will take place at Rocket Fizz, 4129 S. Broadway Ave.

The event features face painting, Kornpop the Klown and a silent auction for a signed football by Matt Flynn, a Tyler native who plays for the Green Bay Packers, among other things.

During the event, prizes also will be given to the top three sellers who participated in the citywide lemonade stand fundraiser.

Proceeds from the lemonade stand fundraiser and from the Rocket Fizz event will benefit the playground project.

Ms. Storer previously said the Southside Park redesign project, a collaborative effort between the Tyler Area Ambucs, Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club, city of Tyler and Child’s Play Inc. of Dallas, includes renovations to the existing pavilion, a bike rack and an enclosed sport court.

The redesigned Southside Park will also feature separate enclosed play areas for 2 to 5 year olds and 6 to 12 year-olds, as well as a music garden.

Fencing also is part of project plans, as are foam surfaces topped with artificial grass and slides and swings. All of the project will be wheelchair accessible.

The total estimated project cost is $750,000, and about $300,000 is still needed.

As far as construction, a community build is scheduled for Sept. 20.

Leading up to the build, installation crews with Child’s Play Inc. will layout the playground and the City of Tyler will do concrete work, Bill Short, with Child’s Play Inc., said in February.

Then on the day of the community build, the Child’s Play Inc. installation crews will help community members build the project, and artificial grass will be installed by crews the following week, he previously said. About 500 to 700 volunteers are needed for the community build.

For more information or to register a stand, visit . More information also is available by calling 903-312-4925.