Posted on September 25, 2017 11:20
Children wearing construction hats and digging in the dirt with their shovels Friday helped to celebrate the end of the Friends of Hargan-Matthews Park’s fundraising campaign and the beginning of the building phase.
The grassroots non-profit group held a groundbreaking to thank donors and supporters while also signaling the construction phase, which is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Organizers said construction of the new riverboat-themed playground equipment, which will be accessible to all children, will take place after city officials complete land prep work at the site.
Jennifer Clayton, the group’s vice president, said the project is set to move forward after a lot of “grit” and three years of working toward a fundraising goal. Clayton said the project taught children to set a goal and work toward it.
Now, that goal and plans on paper are soon to become tangible.
Friends President Nina Alcorn thanked sponsors and donors for their help in reaching the fundraising goal of more than $200,000.
The park – once completed – will feature a play structure for ages 5 to 12, a soft surface, fence, swings, trees and landscaping items, including permanent picnic tables, trash and recycling containers.
The plan also includes a wheelchair-accessible swing and a “guardian and me” swing which features a seat for an adult and child.
The renovations at the park are expected to be completed by the end of the year.