INDIANAPOLIS – Beech Grove residents will soon be able to enjoy an upgraded playground at the Sarah T. Bolton Park, thanks to a recently launched crowdfunding campaign. The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity. The campaign is led by the City of Beech Grove.
“Sarah T. Bolton Park has been a fixture in Beech Grove for more than 80 years,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “However, it is in need of an upgrade. We are pleased to join the Beech Grove Parks Department in their efforts to modernize this historic park by adding a new, accessible play-set for kids of all abilities.”
If the campaign reaches its $13,000 goal by Friday, November 9th, the “Sarah T. Bolton Playground” project will receive a matching grant of $13,000 from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
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The funding raised during this campaign will allow the City to replacing the current 20-year-old playground with all new equipment that is both modern and more accessible. The new playground will be in the same spot as the old equipment, giving families that use the playground easy access to other amenities like picnic shelters and restrooms.
“The playground in Sarah T. Bolton Park has given our community 20 years of faithful service by providing a wonderful resource for spontaneous play. After so many years of service, and with the help of a matching funds grant from the IHCDA, we plan to replace it in 2019,” said Tom Hannon, Beech Grove Park Director. “The new, accessible, and all inclusive playground we’ve chosen will continue to provide the youth of our community a safe opportunity for many hours of fun, unstructured, and creative play. Our park and community will be better served by this new feature.”
Since the CreatINg Places program began last fall, projects have raised in excess of $1,620,000 in public funds and an additional $1,375,000 in matching IHCDA funds.
The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.
Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.