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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago I have watched this come about as I drive by here daily. Awesome work and very much appreciated. A great addition to the walking park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Priscilla Rinehart · 240 weeks ago I worked with Denny 20+ years ago. Glad to find this out about him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down M. Cortez · 240 weeks ago This wooden line looks really cool. It does not give a wooden touch. It looks so elegant and so nice. Also color is amazing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down carol v · 240 weeks ago What a terrific addition to this park! Love it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down dave · 240 weeks ago good job i think this lion is very cool and couldn’t be in a better place this is more of what wellington needs something to lighten the mood!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Susan DeMayo · 50 weeks ago Please send this to Mr Leer.This tree has turned into a beautiful peace of art. 12 years ago my son sat by this tree and went to heaven it has taken me years to just be able to drive by this park now I will go and sit to a result of love and beauty instead of deep heart ache. Thank you for your talent and your admiration to help and guide people. Susan DeMayo. Caldwell Ks Report Reply 1 reply · active 36 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Denny Leak · 36 weeks ago Dear Susan, Just by accident, I saw your comments today. It gave me goosebumps. I am touched by your message. Did you read the little plaque I put on the Lion. I knew about your story and I tried to leave a message of hope and encouragement. Bless your heart. Peace! Denny Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” Denny Leak has been working hard on the wooden lion statue at Century Park, formerly known as Lions Park, in Wellington. With the recent storms and colder weather, it may be a month or more before the job is complete, but the lion statue is getting closer and definitely has the lion look.Â Leak said he put a coat of linseed oil on the face and head area so the wood would not turn white when rain comes. He has also painted the eyes green. “I think it’s really going great,” he said. “I still have work to do on the body.” Leak was originally going to be paid by the city, but funds have run out, so he will not be getting paid. He had agreed to do the statue for the park board earlier. He does have some expense involved, which is mostly supplies for the saw and materials to put on the wood. In light of that he has created a Go Fund Me page (CLICK HERE TO DONATE) where people can make donations to the project. Leak said he would donate half of what is received will go to services for children he works with. Leak has been a child or school psychologist for a long time. He is also known to work with autistic children in a state program. He does things like take the children to a restaurant to learn how to order food, or go to a zoo, or other field trips. The field trips are not paid for by the programs. He started this project a few weeks ago, and has worked when he had time. The works is done primarily with a chain saw, but Leak uses other tools for detail. He did the eyes with a smaller tool, and twice sanded it off because he was not happy with how it looked.Denny Leak was originally going to be paid by the city of Wellington. Now he has set up a Go Fund Me page.That has made the eyes deeper though, and it gives the statue more depth, so he is still happy with it.Â The project came about when the city was going to take out a large maple tree. The park board arranged with him to do a statue. He marked the tree as to what should be left, and the city took out the rest of the tree. It is a big older maple tree, which is great for sculpting. He said he was not sure what to make there, but his wife suggested a lion because it is (or was) the Lion’s’ Club park. “It is solid maple,â€ Leak said. â€œI am real excited because you can really see the maple wood.â€ Leak will use oil stain to darken the lion’s mane. The natural maple is a good color for the rest of the body. He has been carving things out of wood with a chainsaw for years, getting his start years ago clearing trees on his father’s farm in Colorado. His wife suggested making a bear, and he did. That went well, so there were more projects. At Wellington Lake, near the headquarters, there is a large walleye carved out of cedar, which is also his work.Follow us on Twitter.