BRADFORD — New playground equipment has been made a reality in the Bradford Village Park. The project began when Gentle Seed Sales, a DuPont Pioneer sales agency in Bradford, secured a $5,000 grant from DuPont Pioneer to use toward installing a new toddler age play set.
After hearing the grant would be received, Lance and Robyn Gentle of Gentle Seed Sales went to work securing the remaining monies needed to purchase the unit.
Many businesses were eager to jump on board of the worthwhile cause, generating the $8,850 needed, and the unit was put into production by year-end 2012.
Businesses donating $500 or more include Rumbold & Kuhn, Kleine Equipment, Cherry Tree Companies, Michlig Grain, Bradford Banking Center of People’s National Bank, and State Bank of Toulon.
Businesses who donated between $100 and $500 include Ehnle Electric, Green Gables, Pelz Agency and Birkey’s Farm Store.
The unit arrived in late spring of 2013 and was installed in mid-July, though an effort led by Lance Gentle. Sharkey Farms of Bradford and Chuck Anderson of Galva were recognized for their time and use of equipment for installation. A permanent plaque is being made and will be engraved with names of businesses making the effort possible.