Save The Wintersmith Train
After more than 60 years, the time has come to replace the iconic train at Wintersmith Park. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ada, which has operated the train since 1958, is excited to take on the task of replacing not only the train, but the track and the barn that houses the train as well. It’s a bit of a snowball effect, and a bigger, better train (one that will hold about twice as many passengers as the current train AND be handicap accessible) also means a new track and barn to house it. Besides the tracks needing replacement from being worn with age, advances in the last 60 years have led to a new gauge size on trains being used, which means the current track will simply not work with the new train. The two bridges that the train crosses are also due to be replaced. All of these improvements and upgrades will ensure that the park train is meeting all safety standards and can be here for families to enjoy for another 60 years.
The Save the Train campaign is a huge project and undertaking, but a worthwhile one that is dear to many generations of Ada area families. It is also the beginning phase of a complete overhaul of the Kiddie Park. We are lucky to live in an incredible community like Ada, and with everyone’s help and support, we can make sure that many more generations get to experience the fun of an evening at the park with some popcorn from the concession stand, a game of mini golf, a ride on the carousel, and a trip (or two) around Kiddie Park on the renowned Wintersmith Train.
You can sponsor an item, donate in honor or memory of someone, or make a general donation.
Donations may also be mailed to the Ada Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Save The Train Project, P.O Box 248, Ada, OK 74821. Donations are tax deductible, and a receipt will be sent for donations over $250. The Ada Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable foundation. For questions call Shana Wood 580-332-2506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualified Charitable Distributions from a Retirement Account
If you are required to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from you retirement account, it may be possible to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution to the Save The Train Foundation and not have to count it as income. Check with your tax professional if you are interested in doing this.