New place to play

Playground opens at fairgrounds

Brandon Johnson

Like many people involved in 4-H Club, Bill Sixkiller donated money to the 4-H foundation.

Sixkiller, the Moffat County Fairgrounds manager, made a donation in the name of his late wife, Carma.

But for a few years, the 4-H Foundation wasn’t sure what to do with donations such as Sixkiller’s.

4-H Foundation Treasurer DeLaine Brown said the foundation wanted something that would have a lasting effect, but it couldn’t decide what that would be.

Last year, members decided to use the money for a playground at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Construction crews finished the playground last week. A concrete path from the playground to a memorial for people who donated to 4-H will be complete this week. There also will be a path from the memorial to restrooms.

“It will be nice to have it done,” Brown said. “It will be a great addition to the fairgrounds.”

A grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, GOCo, helped pay for the playground. GOCo funds come from the state’s lottery revenue.

The playground, which sits on the west end of the fairgrounds near the picnic shelter, is called the 4-H Memorial Foundation Park.

“It’s gonna make this area real nice,” Sixkiller said Monday at the playground. “It will definitely add to our picnic shelter use.”

Brown and Sixkiller said the playground will be a nice addition to the fairgrounds, especially for young children.

When the county fair opens next month, Sixkiller thinks the new playground will be a popular place.

“It will be used constantly the week of fair,” Sixkiller said.

Sixkiller was active in 4-H in his youth, working with livestock.

“It teaches you a lot about general life,” Sixkiller said.

The playground sits next to Sixkiller’s house, just a few yards from the garden his wife loved to work in.

He said the playground is a great way to honor people who gave something to 4-H.

“It’ll be a good thing to have,” Sixkiller said.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or

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