United Way, Freeport help fund Thatcher’s park lighting

United Way Executive Director Denise Benton, front row center, presents a check for $200,000 to Thatcher Mayor Randy Bryce for lightig at the town's new recreation complex, while United Way board members, Town Council and town staff look on Monday. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

THATCHER — The Town of Thatcher received two pieces of good news at the Town Council meeting Monday.

Board members for the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties presented the town with a check for $200,000, to be used for lighting the town’s new recreation complex at 8th Street and Reay Lane.

“These dollars that you will be able to take advantage of, and make really good use of, those are all thanks to our donors,” said Denise Benton, executive director for United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties.

Later in the meeting, Town Manager Heath Brown informed the council that an additional $100,000 for the park’s lighting will be coming from the Freeport-McMoRan Community and Social Investment Grant program.

“So that brings us up to $300,000, and that’s definitely most of what this will cost,” Brown said.

The complex includes sports fields, pickleball courts, playground and exercise equipment, and a performing arts amphitheater.