Crowdfunding campaign launched for the “Parks for People” Project in Rensselaer

INDIANAPOLIS – Residents of Rensselaer will soon be able to enjoy new and improved park amenities in the Staddon/Monnett area, 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 being led by the Jasper Newton Foundation, in partnership with the City of Rensselaer.

“There is no better place than a park to bring both residents and visitors in a community together,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.”While the Staddon/Monnett area park exists now, it is in need of rehabilitation and updates. I am pleased that we can come alongside the City of Rensselaer as they embark on Phase 1 of this ambitious and exciting project.” 

If the campaign reaches its $50,000 goal by Friday, July 20th, the ‘Parks for People’ project will receive a matching grant of $50,000 from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

Click here for project details and to donate.

The funding raised during this campaign will allow the Parks for People project committee to complete Phase 1 of the revitalization of the Staddon/Monnett area park. Current soccer fields and basketball courts will be completely rehabilitated, while part of an asphalt walking path will be installed along the southern edge of the park. Subsequent construction phases will see the completion of the walking path, along with a rehabbed baseball field, a new playground and new ice skating rink.

“This grant will allow us to start work on the Staddon/Monnett Park area in the summer of 2018 if we raise $50,000 in 50 days,” said City of Rensselaer Mayor, Stephen A. Wood. “What a great way to kick off the summer!!  Please consider donating through Patronicity before July 20 to have your donation matched!”

Since the CreatINg Places program began last fall, projects have raised in excess of $1,330,000 in public funds and an additional $1,100,000 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.

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