Child's Play
October 19, 2013 10:55 AM
by RANDY WELLS

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.

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