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Grants help Friends purchase playground equipment

Friends of Ludington State Park raised the $15,000 needed by Wednesday to match a $62,727.50 grant offered by playground manufacturer GameTime. FLSP plans to build an accessible, family friendly, two-playscape playground at the Hamlin Lake picnic area in Ludington State Park. The total project is estimated to cost $202,000. They have now ordered the equipment.

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Support from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Mason County and individual donors raised the $15,000 in two weeks. The GameTime grant covers half the cost of $125,000 equipment.

“Thanks to the great support of people in the community, park users from near and far, Great Lakes Energy’s People Fund, and the Youth Advisory Council for the Community Foundation, we reached this short-term goal of $15,000 to complete the match needed to receive the Alabama company’s grant offer,” Bob Sasin, FLSP president said. “We still have a long way to go to raise funds for surfacing in order to build the playground, but we are about two-thirds of the way to the overall goal. Thank you all who have helped. We ask everyone to consider giving in the coming weeks so we can schedule construction for this June.”

FLSP still has to raise about $75,000 for the poured in place surfacing.  Michigan Parks Division has indicated It would provide a significant contribution towards the surfacing cost, which should reduce the total still needed. FLSP plans to begin the volunteer build project in mid-June. More project information and a video of the accessible playground are available of the Friends of Ludington State Park Facebook page and its website, www.ludingtonfriends.com.

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