IHCDA launches crowdfunding campaigns
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is launching two crowdfunding campaigns, each with a goal of raising $50,000.
The IHCDA says the city of Richmond could soon have a place for fitness and outdoor recreation with the funding for a community outdoor fitness park and playground. The project, which is being led Oak Park Church Inc., aims to raise the necessary funds by March 31 to receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
Funds will add playgrounds for toddlers through school-age children, a gazebo for outdoor learning and social gatherings, outdoor furniture, flower garden and landscaping near the Oak Park Early Learning Academy.
“Oak Park Church’s goal is to help support a healthier community with the creation of a combined adult fitness park and playground. We’re committed to building a F.I.T. environment: free to everyone, inclusive of all ages and abilities, together in an outdoor green space,” said Dani Arthur, executive director of Oak Park Early Learning Academy. “We’re so excited to share this green space with Richmond to join forces with mounting community initiatives seeking to address health and wellness disparities. Increasing the recreational activities accessible to our community is a key strategy for improving physical and mental health.”
Additionally, the IHCDA is crowdfunding to expand and upgrade the former 44 Bowling Alley into a civic performance venue in Shelbyville.
The project, being led by the Shelby County Players, aims to reach its goal by April 18 to receive a matching grant from the IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
“This project will increase opportunities for artists, musicians, and residents of all ages and talents to be creative and have fun together,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “We can’t wait to see the transformation of this former bowling alley into a dynamic community space.”
Funds from the campaign will be used to build a stage in the lobby, provide light and sound equipment for the stage, and create gallery space for local art displays.