Rotary Playground Fundraising

A photo of a possible replacement for the Rotary Playground at Purcell Lake

Why do we want to construct this playground?

Unstructured and unorganized play is incredibly important in the mental and physical development of our kids.  Studies show the importance of kids just being kids and exploring their natural outdoor world.  We want to provide our community, and surrounding communities, a safe place to play while connecting them to our accessible trails, restroom, pavilions, lake, and wonderful wildlife habitats.  Rotary Playground has provided a great place to play in the past, but it has exceeded its life expectancy.  Now, the City of Purcell Parks and Recreation Department is working on a plan to replace the Rotary Playground, and we need your help!

What has been done so far?

The original playground structure was donated to the City of Purcell by the Purcell Rotary Club in the late 1980's.  After many years of service, the structure had many issues and was deemed dangerous by the Parks Department and city insurance provider.  The structure was dismantled, and planning began in 2020 to replace the structure.  In 2021, the City of Purcell applied for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to cover 50% of the Rotary Playground Replacement Project costs.  In August 2022 we were informed that we were not awarded the grant. 

How are we going to make this project happen?

We are asking our community to come together to help make this playground a reality!  We believe that this playground is absolutely essential to the health and well-being of our community.  We are asking for donations, requesting letters or emails of support, or just call us and let us know you support us moving forward!  We want to show our community leaders that there is a real need for this new play structure.  Every little bit you can do really does help!

What are we planning to build?

We have chosen a few main goals for this project:

  • A large central tower structure for kids 5-12 with slides and climbing features.
  • A smaller structure for kids 2-5 with slides and play features.
  • A four-bay swing set with swings for kids of all ages and abilities.
  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) sidewalk and ramps into the play area.

Once the main parts of the structure are completed, additional fundraising can add many different features such as small play features, benches, shade structures, etc.

Our goal is to raise at least $200,000.00 towards the construction of this project.


Donations can be delivered in person to the Parks and Recreation Department office located at the Purcell Multipurpose Center at 1400 Chandler Road, Purcell, OK 73080.

Donations can be mailed to:
City of Purcell Parks and Recreation
c/o Rotary Playground Project
230 W. Main St.
Purcell, OK  73080

Donations can be made online.  There is an option for you to enter your family or business name acknowledging your donations:

Letters of Support:

Letters of support can be:

  • Filled out on a form by follow this link:  Letter of Support Form
  • Emailed to
  • Write a physical letter and mail it to:
    City of Purcell Parks and Recreation
    c/o Rotary Playground Project
    230 W. Main St.
    Purcell, OK  73080