Stop by Sigsbee School and Park, and you will see parents scattered around picnic tables as children run and play.
Sigsbee Park, in the heart of Eastown just off of Fuller and Wealthy Streets, has always been a community gathering spot. For the past several years, the Eastown Community Association has done their best, planting flowers and laying wood chips. But it doesn’t cover the fact that the playground equipment, now over 30 years old, is simply outdated, unsafe and unusable.
Today, the school is home base to community early childhood programs like the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) preschool program and Baby Scholars, an initiative of Believe2Become. Not only is this playground and park used by local families, children and youth, but these programs rely on this space for their program participants to enjoy playtime.
“Right now, teachers are having to corral students away from the equipment and onto the concrete,” Says Tim Dam from ELNC. “The kids are drawn to the playground, but we have to make sure they don’t play on it, because it is so unsafe.”
But come summer, this playground will be removed, leaving in its wake a largely empty lot.
But have no fear! Launching today, is the Sigsbee Playground Rebuild campaign!
Hailed as local heroes, Lake Michigan Credit Union, donated a lead gift of $65,000 to replace the playground.
Vice President of Community Relations Matt Cook shares: “LMCU is committed to being active and involved in our community. One way we are involved in building strong communities is through providing safe places for children and families to play and grow together. We couldn’t think of a better project in which to give back to the children and residents of Grand Rapids.”
With a total playground cost of $124,000, LMCU’s generous gift puts us half way to our goal!
We need you, the community!
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has granted the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation’s application to be a part of its innovative Public Spaces & Community Places program. This program encourages community investment in public spaces supporting a strong quality of life through the crowdfunding platform, Patronicity.
Through this platform, the MEDC will match community gifts up to $29,500. The catch? We have to raise the full $29,500 by June 30 before we are matched dollar for dollar!
As an added bonus – the first $10,000 raised, will be matched by a generous private donor!
You can help us reach this goal by donating!
Just simply click here to visit the playground donation page, make your gift and then share it with your family and friends through email or social media!
TOGETHER, our community, our children and our families will have a brand new treasure to enjoy for years to come!