Breathing fire into park

MIPA raising funds for renovation to Dragon Park

The city Parks and Recreation Department and Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA) is working together to renovate Deane's Children's Park at Island Crest Park, also known as Dragon Park.

The MIPA is on its way to raising $75,000 to install a 50-by-50-foot castle-themed play structure to replace the antiquated metal play structure at the park. The new structure is designed for children of all ages and abilities.

Funding is about 80 percent complete. The MIPA raised money through an auction last spring, as well as grants from the Starbucks Corporation ($15,000), Safeco Insurance ($5,000), and the Mercer Island Kiwanis Club ($500).

The MIPA plans to sell bricks with donors' names on them to help raise the additional $15,000 to fund the Dragon Park project. The association sold similar bricks to fund the train play structure at Mercerdale Park.

The MIPA will collect donations for the project:

? Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Albertsons

? Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the MIPA fall potluck at the I-90 Park on the Lid

? Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the north QFC

? Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the south-end Starbucks

? Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at Albertsons

? Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MIPA Halloween event

Donor plaques also will be sold for $250 and up.

Large bricks, 8-inches-by-8-inches, with four lines of inscription are available for $100. Smaller bricks, four-inches-by-eight-inches, with two lines of inscription are available for $75.

Call Jeanne at 206-795-1655 or Theresa at 206-331-6377 for more information or e-mail or donate on-line at

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