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Published June 29, 2011, 07:40 PM

Fundraiser Held to Help Rebuild Sherlock Forest Playground

People from East Grand Forks and Grand Forks are getting together to raise money to help rebuild a popular park that recently burned down.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

People from East Grand Forks and Grand Forks are getting together to raise money to help rebuild a popular park that recently burned down.

The "Rockin' for Sherlock" fundraiser was held Wednesday in front of the Boardwalk restaurant in East Grand Forks.

There were games for kids, including a bull-riding machine and a trampoline bounce. The weather was perfect for the event, with temperatures in the low 80s and plenty of sun.

Over 3,000 volunteers built Sherlock Forest Playground eight years ago.

After losing it, the city wants to start construction on a new one as soon as possible.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that we can begin the demolition process soon and we'll have to get those materials just as fast as we can and I've mentioned previously, I want to get this done this summer, that's still my goal," city administrator Scott Huizenga said.

Estimates show the park is a 70 percent loss. The appraisal is $373,000. Although just preliminary, if the city gets as many volunteers as coordinator Panne Pape did in 2003, this amount should cover the cost.

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