Readers’ Views

Planning a mall play area

To the Editor:

A volunteer group of Fairmont citizens is working to create a unique adventure for children. A subgroup of Project 1590 called “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” is working with the Five Lakes Centre mall to build an inside play area. Their vision will perhaps be similar to the play area in the River Hills Mall in Mankato.

This would provide young children with another option for inside fun during the winter months or inclement weather.

The current vision is to have the play area focus on a “Health and Wellness” theme, with custom-designed play structures, such as a helicopter, ambulance or toothbrush, to name a few.

The cost of the project for the custom play structures, specialized soft flooring and partitions around it is estimated to be $65,000 to $75,000. The play area will be handicap-accessible, and seating for caregivers will be available nearby.

We are currently contacting area businesses to consider sponsoring this project and assist in raising money. Thus far, we have received verbal commitments of $7,500 to $12,500. A separate sub-account has been set up with the city of Fairmont just for this project for anyone who would like to contribute to this exciting improvement for the community and young children of our area.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to city of Fairmont, as well as the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce. Please make checks payable to “1590 Kids Want to Have Fund account. You can also stay up to date on the progress of this project and share suggestions by following the Facebook page “Five Lakes Centre Indoor Play Area.”

Laura Olsen

chairwoman of Kids Want to Have Fun


Ed Willett,

Project 1590 board member