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Group looking for donations to restore Keokuk's iconic rocket slide

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

An iconic piece of playground equipment in Keokuk could soon be more than just a memory.

The rocket slide has been restored and there's an effort to get it back in town where it once stood for 40 years.

The slide was taken out of Kilbourne Park in 2008 because of its age and safety.

The slide now sits in a warehouse in town and a group is continuing its efforts to raise funds to buy the slide from its owner and bring it up to safety codes.

The group says they need $50,000 for the purchase and modifications.

Organizers say they would like to see it in a park again because it brings back childhood memories for many people in the community.

"It's an iconic piece of history. You know it was there growing up. I spent many years on it. There's hundreds if not thousands of people that have spent time on it and it's just a piece of our history," said Robert Korschgen. 

The group will host a fundraising event later this month featuring live bands and a poker run.

At the fundraiser, you can also vote for what park the slide should be located.

For more information on the fundraiser call (319) 520-5209.

If you would like to donate money go to www.keokukvisionfoundation.org.

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