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Spring Lake playground not ‘playing around’ when it comes to raising money

Posted at 10:28 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 22:28:06-04

SPRING LAKE, Mich. -  A local park is looking to raise $50,000 in 50 days for some much needed renovations.

The Whistle Stop Playground, a staple in the local community, was torn down last year due to unsafe conditions. The village of Spring Lake is now launching a crowdfunding effort to make the park accessible to all children, including those with disabilities.

The park is located behind the Admiral gas station on M-104. Thanks to Public Spaces Community Places, a collaborative effort between several state agencies, as well as a Patronicity Crowdfunding effort, the playground is being made anew.

Chris Burns, Village Manager for the Village of Spring Lake says the effort is looking to raise $50,000, which will be matched by the state.

"We don’t have the budget to raise funds for a park here so we’re looking at private funding from local residents," said Burns. "We’ve never done this before, it’s important to make sure people have skin in the game and that they’ll take care of it and use it."

The park, which is used not only by Spring Lake but the surrounding communities, will be accessible to everyone. Officials say they hope to break ground in the spring. The total price tag is $150,000, so after the crowdfunding effort they'll still need to raise $50,000. You can show your support by visiting the crowdfunding website.