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The 1984 'big toy' at the city park is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #569, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: Children

Tuesday: Mothers

Wednesday: Orofino

Thursday: Took many steps

Friday: Railroad ties

Saturday: Cement

Monday: A group that expanded.

Tuesday: Donations

Wednesday: Eventually involved the whole community

Friday: One end was used, but not the whole thing.

Saturday: A park

Monday: 1984

Tuesday: Group met at a church

Wednesday: Sand

Thursday: All changed now

Friday: Dworshak Recreation District

Saturday: Wood, nails and bolts

It just goes to show what a community group with purpose can accomplish if they work together. In the early 1980s, there was a group of young mothers with children that met at the United Methodist Church in Orofino, though not all of those involved were members of the church.

Linda Smeltz and Mary Jo Knowles were among those young mothers that got involved with the project to add a 'big toy' at the Orofino City Park. The mothers went out and raised money to purchase the toy and got donations of railroad ties, cement, nails and bolts and other materials, as well as the needed labor for the installation. They also secured the approvals need to construct the toy on city property. Dworshak Recreation District was one of the organizations involved in the funding.

The log structure had a slide, places for children to climb and a net to climb across, among other things. Though it is no longer at the park, it did serve the children of the community for a time and brought many people together to make it a reality.

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