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by on October 19, 2013 10:55 AM

A website has been created to make it easy to donate to Indiana’s playground fundraising campaign.

Indiana this spring received “Playful City USA” designation from KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play opportunities, especially playgrounds, for children. Through that status Indiana was also awarded a $20,000 grant to purchase new playground equipment for Indiana’s McGregor Park in the First Ward.

But the grant requires a $10,000 local match.

Roland Francis, Indiana’s assistant manager, said fundraising events are being planned, but donations for the match can be made now by visiting http://ourdream playground.kaboom.org/projects/10695-playful-indiana. There is a small fee to donate through the website.

While $10,000 is the minimum amount needed as a match to secure the grant for playground equipment, a few thousand more dollars would be helpful for surfacing and adding new benches and other amenities at the playground, Francis said.

The website also has a place for people to sign up to be volunteers to assemble the new playground equipment in the spring.

Donations to the campaign may also be made by mailing a check, payable to “Borough of Indiana Playground Fund” to Indiana Borough Administration Building, 80 N. Eighth St., Indiana, PA 15701. Enter “playground fund” on the check’s memo line.



Randy Wells has been a reporter and staff writer at The Indiana Gazette since 1988. His regular assignments include coverage of the Indiana County commissioners, Indiana Borough council and the Marion Center Area School District. His email address is rwells@indianagazette.net.
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