The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is launching a crowdfunding campaign to improve three playgrounds at Oregon-Davis Elementary in the Starke County town of Hamlet. The crowdfunding campaign, which is being led by the Oregon-Davis PTA, aims to raise $50,000 by November 1.
The school says a vast majority of its playground space has not been updated or improved in over 20 years.
“The Oregon-Davis PTA presented a plan that will not only create new opportunities for enjoyment at these playgrounds for years to come, but the plan also includes needed safety improvements,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “We are thrilled to partner with the Oregon-Davis PTA in creating community play space which will enhance their schools and neighborhoods.”
The funds will be used to create obstacle courses, a climbing web, slides, a walking track, and surfacing. If successful, the IHCDA says the project will receive a matching grant as part of the IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
“Oregon-Davis Elementary playgrounds need new life after being neglected for many years. We want to provide a quality play space that is inviting, fun, and safe for our students and community members,” said Stephanie Ferch, co-vice president. “Please join in by helping us reach our goal so that our outdoor playgrounds reflect our commitment and pride.”
Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, its projects have raised more than $6.9 million in public funds and an additional $5.6 million in matching IHCDA funds. Crouch says nearly 60 counties have received funding for at least one project. Past projects to receive funding include community gardens, parks and alley activations.
You can connect to the campaign by clicking here.