Improvements at Fairgrounds continue to advance

Three teens playing with matches are reportedly the cause of the fire that destroyed the playgrounds at Graham County Fairgrounds in 2022. - Lee Patterson Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Work is advancing on improving things at Graham County Fairgrounds, albeit at a higher price tag.

On Monday, the Graham County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved adding another $45,000 to the $150,000 for painting structures at the Fairgrounds.

County Manager Dustin Welker explained that the county requiring priming and two coats of paint is what caused the project to be underbudgeted.

Welker also said he’s met with the contractor on the next phase of construction of the playground at the Fairgrounds and things continue to move forward.

“That project will start the week of March 27. So next week they’ll begin on putting those rubber tiles down and also pouring the ADA sidewalks out there. So we’re excited about that,” Welker said.

The project also includes installation of 22 new drinking fountains at the Fairgrounds.

The installation of the new equipment and shade structure was completed in January.

The playground area of the Fairgrounds was destroyed by fire in May 2022, by three teens who reportedly admitted to playing with matches.