Rotary Playground Replacement Project

Backstoryrotary play structure surrounded by barricade fencing

Rotary Playground was constructed at Purcell City Lake by the Purcell Rotary Club around 1987.  For years, kids in our community have been enjoying this play structure.  The City of Purcell inherited the play structure and close-by pavilion from the Rotary Club in the late 1990’s.  As the City made Investments in new amenities such as upgrades to the Original One-Mile Trail and  ADA accessible restrooms near the Rotary Pavilion and Playground in 2019, the play structure broke down and was rated unsafe for use. Currently, no play structures exist in this area of Purcell City Lake.

Our Replacement Plan

After years of wear and tear, the play structure is no longer safe and has reached the end of its useful life. The Purcell Parks & Recreation Department and Board have a replacement plan. This new structure meets the accessibility, recreational needs, and capabilities of the children who visit Purcell City Lake. We are asking for your support to make this happen quickly and efficiently. 

We attempted to partially fund this project through the Land and Water conservation Fund Grant provided by the National Parks Service and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. The grant application was submitted in September of 2021.  We were notified in August of 2022 that our application was not accepted as one of the winning grant applications.  We will now begin looking at other options for funding the project.

Project Goals

  1. Replace the main play structure with equal to or exceeding the current play structure.
  2. Create a play space the is welcoming and accessible to children of all abilities.
  3. Add features to the play space that include benches, age-appropriate apparatus, swings, etc.

Fundraising and Letters of Support:

If you are interested in helping with this project, please follow the link below:
Rotary Playground Fundraising

A conceptual drawing of a possible replacement for the Rotary play structure

A conceptual drawing of a possible replacement for the Rotary play structure.

  1. Parks & Recreation


    Mailing Address
    230 W. Main St.
    Purcell, OK 73080

    Phone: (405) 527-7227

  2. John Blue

    Parks and Recreation Director