This month we kick off our annual Playground Initiative efforts to identify and improve dilapidated playgrounds citywide. Please join us in supporting healthy play spaces for kids by making a gift to our Playground Initiative Matching Challenge. Thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund of $15,000, every dollar you give to support our work goes twice as far! See more information in this issue of our enews and click HERE to give! Thank you so much!
Bond funding to repair and improve our neighborhood parks is on the way at last, and your involvement in park improvements is essential. In February of 2008, voters approved the $185 Million Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. In addition to the 11 neighborhood parks that received dedicated funding for park repair, free standing restrooms, trees, trials, playfields and community projects via the Opportunity Fund are also going to benefit from financial support.
This spring, the proposed plan for how neighborhood groups can apply for park improvements, called the Opportunity Fund, is set to go before the Recreation and Park Commission for approval. The $5Million pot of bond money will be invested in park improvement projects requested by community groups who are also making a sweat equity (volunteer) commitment to their park. NPC urges you to learn about the Opportunity Fund and we will be keeping you informed about important dates related to this park improvement money. According to the draft timeline, applications for park projects would be due to the Recreation and Park Department in the Summer of 2010.
In order for the bond funds to go as far as possible and make meaningful improvements to our parks, you and your neighbors need to get involved. By working with the Recreation and Park Department on bond improvements, neighbors can improve plans, set future goals for the park and identify new volunteer opportunities to keep the park looking great after work is complete.