Crowdfunding campaigns launched for Evansville, Upland projects
A rendering of Evansville’s Sunset Park Renewal project
High Altitude Balloon Launch hosted by NSE (photo courtesy of Upland)
Evansville and Upland are looking to improve their communities through new fundraising efforts with the help of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places Program. The cities seek to raise a total of $65,000 and could receive a match from the agency.
Last week, Evansville launched its Sunset Park Renewal crowdfunding campaign that looks to renovate the park bordering the Ohio River. Upland launched its own campaign to transform an abandoned lot into a STEM and community involvement open area.
Evansville’s campaign looks to raise $25,000, while Upland’s campaign has a goal of $40,000. Both goals will be matched with a grant from the IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program if the target number is achieved.
Evansville aims to revitalize the park through the addition of a natural playscape, new flowers and shrubs, a pollinator bed for butterflies and birds, and new benches. Funds already granted by the Welbourn Foundation will provide for an ADA compliant walking path around the perimeter of the Park.
“This project is the perfect example of what community impact should look like everywhere, especially in the city of Evansville,” said City Councillor Alex Burton. “As our community aspires to be for everyone, this project embodies inclusion and innovation. I am confident that Sunset Park will be an attraction for our neighbors and visitors alike who can enjoy what our downtown has to offer. This park is for everyone. It raises the bar and serves as a model for modern day parks.”
The Upland project, led by NearSpace Education Inc., will turn an empty lot on Railroad Street into an interactive learning environment and park for youth to enjoy, including an outdoor learning center, a stage and amphitheater, and a communal fire pit.
“This STEM park has three main purposes,” said Brandon Pearson, director of NearSpace Education. “First, it will provide students with opportunities to enhance their STEM skills through interactive and captivating activities. Second, it will serve as a gathering spot for the community and an area to host events. Finally, it is designed to enhance the downtown area of Upland with the intent of leading to further growth.”
The deadline for the Sunset Park Renewal campaign is July 16th while the deadline for the STEM Park is July 1st.
Since the “CreatINg Places” program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $7.8 million in public funds and an additional $6.6 million in matching IHCDA funds. The 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.