[Video above courtesy of Landscape Structures and Sidney Park Project shows how the new playground in Legion Park will look.]

SIDNEY, NE — As construction on a new playground in Sidney nears, those behind the effort received two new grants to get them closer to their fundraising goal. 

The Sidney Park Project announced Friday it received a $23,760 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. This foundation works with the National Paralysis Resource Center to award Quality of Life grants supporting projects that help those living with paralysis. 

One of the main goals of the Sidney Park Project is to introduce new equipment to Legion Park's playground to make the area more inclusive to kids of all ability levels. 

The Nebraska-based Peter Kiewit Foundation recently awarded the Sidney Park Project a $50,000 grant. This foundation says its mission is to help people build strong, vibrant communities while enjoying a high quality of life. 

The two grants bring the Park Project's fundraising total to $682,000. 

The group is aiming for a groundbreaking on the new playground in June. It was originally planned for April, but COVID-19 related delays on the construction company's other projects have pushed that day back.