COPPER HARBOR – The Copper Harbor Playground Project summer 2012 fundraising campaign is off to a great start as Portage Health has donated $10,000 to the project.
Kevin Store (left) presents a $10,000 check to Copper Harbor children at a check presentation ceremony today.
“This donation really puts some wind in our sails,” said Marty Faassen, one of the project’s organizers. “We hope organizations and businesses around the Keweenaw will be challenged by this donation to also contribute.”
The $10,000 donation should put the total funds raised at more than $25,000 by the end of June, and with a match from the Downtown Development Authority, the group will be more than a third of the way to their goal of raising $145,000 for the new playground. They hope to raise all of the funds by this fall.
“We should not expect another generation of children to have to play on equipment that was built for the baby boomers,” said Miranda K. Davis, another organizer of the project. “We need an environment that is up to code and will excite area youth to come out and play.”
The equipment will be safer, more fun and will provide the ultimate development opportunity for the children.
“Portage Health feels privileged to be part of this project,” said Kevin Store, director of marketing and communications at Portage Health. “We recognize the important role this new resource will provide children and visitors to the area.”
The resource is especially vital because the one-room schoolhouse in Copper Harbor doesn’t offer physical education classes.
“Our mission is to improve the health of our community,” said Store. “What better place to start than by developing and encouraging life-long health and physically active play habits within our children.”
Installation of the playground should begin next summer. Included in the dollar total are site prep, utility work, equipment, surfacing, fencing and installation. A large portion of the installation will also be done using volunteers.
“It may sound expensive, but after researching manufacturers and getting input from community members, we decided to go with slightly higher quality and a unique layout,” said Faassen. “We expect a lot from the next generation, what should they expect from us?”
For more information on the project visit copperharborplayground.org and “like” the project on Facebook at Facebook.com/copperharborplayground.