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Bayer Fund donates to Olpe Fitness Park

Bayer Fund donates to Olpe Fitness Park

Dr. Michael Argabright (from left), John Brinkman, Lucas Markowitz and Beth Skalsky pose with a donation check from the Bayer Fund to help the Olpe Fitness Park project. Photo submitted by Lynn Redeker.

Olpe’s Fitness Park project is getting a significant financial boost.

The Bayer Fund is donating $5,000 as fundraising continues for a large, multifaceted project. The fund helps develop programs and “make strategic investments” in nonprofits hoping to make a positive difference in various areas such as education, patient support services and food insecurity.

Current plans are for the park to include a splash pad, walking path around Olpe Jones Park, fitness stations along the path and recent additions such as a new basketball court and fencing around the softball field. Olpe also intends to convert the football practice field into the main stadium with an eight-lane track and other track and field facilities. The plan also includes a field house with a community center and community weight room, early child care center and an inverted layout for the baseball field.

The estimated cost for the project is $8.5 million, with much of the project to be privately funded. At the same time, Olpe is also pursuing interlocal agreements with local agencies, including USD 252 and the Lions Club.

Residents who want to help fund the project can donate to the Olpe Fitness Park project through the Emporia Community Foundation.

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