A $30,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh project and a $40,000 donation from the local Names Family Foundation have helped boost fundraising for the Playground by the Sound in University Place to about $111,000.
A group of community volunteers plans to erect the playground in the North Meadow of Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Properties in September. The total budget is around $164,000.
The 12,000-square-foot play area is to include swings, tunnels, nets, bridges, slides, monkey bars, climbing walls and other features to provide exercise for kids and stimulate their imaginations, according to the organizers’ website.
Much of the funding is coming from local businesses and individual donors, said Playgorund by the Sound steering committee member Linda Bird, a former mayor of University Place.
But news of the of the $40,000 Names Family Foundation grant last month “was a wonderful Christmas present,” Bird said. Winning the $30,000 Pepsi grant was a geat way to begin 2011, she added.
Now, Playground by the Sound volunteers are teaming with other groups in the community to seek a total of $65,000 in grants during the current round of Pepsi Refresh grant voting.
The project is giving away millions of dollars to community groups for a wide array of improvements. Winners are chosen though website voting. To get to the University Place project site, click here
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