WHERE'S THE MONEY COMING FROM?
$400,000: The city has earmarked $400,000 from its Park & Recreation bond funds for this project. This is the bulk of the funds available.*
$15,000: Both the Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association and the Ford Birthsite Neighborhood Association pursued and received additional $7,500 grants from the Peter Kiewit Foundation to contribute to the playground and northeast corner portions of the project. However, in order to get these funds, we had to raise $1,000 from 20 unique neighbors. Hooray! With your help, we did it!
$10,000: Blue Cross/Blue Shield has committed $10,000 from it's Wellness Grant program.
But we are working to raise more...
$425,000 sounds like a lot of money, but it won't stretch far at all! (By comparison, Benson's recent park renovations, which include similar improvements like picnic tables, grills, pathways, and a playground with spraypad, cost $1.5 million.)
The more funds that can be raised from private sources (like Benson did!), the more the park can be improved and the more flexibility there is in how it can be improved.
If you have ideas for ways to raise funds for the park, get in touch and think about joining our Fundraising Team!
* The city's CSO program has allotted $4 million to address the water management issues along the north edge of the park, in the wooded ravine area. However, these funds can't really be counted into what's available for the park, because these funds can ONLY be used for items that are critical to managing water runoff. So a water filtration system or maintenance access gate would be covered, but a nature trail with informational signage would not, because it's technically not necessary to the operations of the system. These funds cannot be used in any other part of the park for any other improvements.