The City of Mt. Pleasant, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced a new crowdfunding campaign through a Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the project to completely renovate Mt. Pleasant’s Potter Playground from removal of dead trees and concrete pads, to installing new equipment, a drinking fountain, benches and renovating the landscape.
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by April 22, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: www.Patronicity.com/PotterPlayground.
“The renovations to Mt. Pleasant’s Potter Playground will result in a beautiful public park that will bring the community together and serve as a model for future neighborhood renovations,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “The Public Spaces Community Places initiative allows residents, businesses and others to harness their pride in Mt. Pleasant and be a part of its transformation.”
“A welcoming safe place for kids to play and interact with other families makes a community space feel more like home,” said MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer. “The city of Mt. Pleasant Potter Playground project allows locals to chip in and revitalize a public place for all to enjoy for years to come.”
This is a project aimed at addressing community needs and is a great way to include not just public input, but public participation in the completion of the project. The project will begin with the immediate removal of dead trees, old concrete pads and aging playground equipment. Installations of upgraded amenities include:
•New park shelter
•New playground safety surfacing
•New playground structures and swing set
•Planting new trees and other park landscaping
•Adding a new drinking fountain
•Installing electrical infrastructure with safety lighting
•Replacing park benches and trash receptacles and decorative brickwork.
Completion of the Potter Playground project would provide a safe place for children and families to recreate, and serve as a park that the city and Tree Street Neighborhood can be proud of. This completion is a solid model for the Neighborhood Revitalization to use when trying to gather community support and engagement.
“This project is an exciting opportunity to work with neighborhood residents to address a need that will have a positive impact on the recreational, social and physical well-being of children, families and the City as a whole,” said Parks and Public Spaces Director Chris Bundy. “To be able to engage the Tree Street Neighborhood from the beginning, truly makes this a community project to be proud of.”
Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.