04/09/14 Monday evening members of the Freedom Park Committee hosted a Community Input Night for the public at the Plymouth Library. About a dozen people listened as Tony Gamble, Co-chairman of the committee spoke of the proposed project that has been estimated to cost $950,000. He explained that hope is to raise a million dollars for the park so that there will be money left over to create a maintenance fund for the park.
Gamble said they are in the fundraising stage of the project. Although it is hoped that the committee will be able to secure several grants for the project, you can’t apply without having the required matching funds and a completion date. He said the initial plan was to build the all-inclusive park with no taxpayer dollars but they may have to change. Gamble also indicated that the committee is hopeful that an experienced grant writer will provide their services for the project.
The playground that is planned to be built near the Hoosier Old Wheels pavilion in Centennial Park will have several areas including a main play structure that will have ramps instead of stairs so wheelchairs will be able to play on it. There is even a transition area where a child can move from their chair to a slide. The Wee Play Zone will offer age and size appropriate activities for smaller children while the Sensory Garden will give kids and adults the chance to use their senses of touch, feel and smell. A feature of the park is a splash pad that allows kids of all abilities to cool off on a hot summer day. There is also a magical sound sensory garden and several shade structures.
Sponsorships in a variety of amounts are available and donations can be made through the Community Foundation. At this time the committee has approximately $13,000 for the project. They are planning a “Color Run” on August 16th as their next big fundraiser.