Park crowdfunds playground project


A partial rendering of the playground planned for Holland State Park. Courtesy Lakeshore Advantage

A lakeshore park has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $17,000 for a playground.

Holland State Park, at 2215 Ottawa Beach Rd., launched the campaign through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity in conjunction with Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC, Lakeshore Advantage and TV personality Carter Oosterhouse’s playground-building nonprofit, Carter’s Kids.

Holland State Park said that if it raises the funds by Aug. 8, it will receive a matching grant of $17,000 from MEDC as part of the organization’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

The total cost of the playground is $69,000.

Lake Michigan Credit Union, or LMCU, has also pledged to support the project with a $35,000 donation.

The campaign is the result of a phone call to LMCU by Sally Starr, a Holland resident, retired preschool teacher and grandmother.

Starr was aware of an existing relationship between LMCU and Carter’s Kids and made her case for the playground to the credit union.

The funds raised would help build a “safe, inclusive and exciting playscape” to enhance the recreational opportunities at Holland State Park.

The playground would feature three slides, a crawling tube, two sets of monkey bars, four climbers and two spinners.

Holland State Park sees two-million visitors annually, many of them families. Yet, the park does not offer space for organized play and has few options to engage children in a secure environment, according to Lakeshore Advantage.

A team from Carter’s Kids will construct the park beginning on Aug. 9, if the campaign’s goal is met, and the playground should be completed within two weeks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to take on upkeep for the playground.

Lakeshore Advantage provided supported the project with marketing and fundraising strategy.

“Holland State Park is an incredible community asset that attracts visitors from all over the world,” said Jennifer Owens, president, Lakeshore Advantage.

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