Got Shade? The City of Apache Junction got some recently, at a local playground.
The AJ Multi-Generational Center (MGC) playground received a new shade structure after a very generous donation from Apache Greyhound Park.
Apache Greyhound is a Delaware North corporation and a popular local entertainment venue.
Ed Braunger, retired general manager, reached out to the City of Apache Junction and inquired about projects that Delaware North’s foundation could contribute to. Given a variety of ideas, a shade structure was selected as an addition to a widely utilized facility.
Braunger and Delaware North/Apache Greyhound Park are no strangers to philanthropic efforts in the community. He worked at the Apache Junction site for 20 years, and in those years the foundation donated over a quarter of a million dollars to various agencies in the City.
These donations came in no small part due to the diligence of Mr. Braunger. The Parks and Recreation has been a long time beneficiary, using donated funds to pay for team uniforms, trophies, scoreboards, lockers and more over the years.
Parks and Recreation Director Liz Langenbach stated: “Ed Braunger and Apache Greyhound Park have been contributing to the success of the Parks and Recreation department for as long as I can remember.”
The shade structure will help the department in working towards their goal of providing shade at all playground facilities over the next several years.
Mayor Jeff Serdy and members of the City Council were on hand in March for a short dedication ceremony and presentation of the plaque that was installed at the structure.
The playground shares users from the community, the public library, and the MGC.