Youth Foundation receives grants for new playground equipment

Funding expected to be completed this year

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CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s Youth Foundation is well on its way to funding new playground equipment for the town park.

The Foundation has raised $126,000 — $104,000 away from its goal.

Coordinators Miles Wilson and Madalyn Sade-Bartl are hopeful enough money can be raised to begin construction this year.

There are two matching grants that can help raise the final $104,000.

Fundraising for the equipment began in October 2016.

“We’re moving fast,” Wilson said. “We haven’t approached any of the business owners yet.”

Being a downtown business owner himself, Wilson wanted to show good effort before approaching businesses.

“I wanted to see what we could do on our own first,” Wilson said.

Now, he’s calling on the community to come forward and show support. The Youth Foundation will host a fish fry March 24 at the American Legion from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The fish fry is really a time to call out to the community to participate in the fundraiser,” Wilson said.

Churubusco’s Town Council applauded Wilson for the progress made already.

“It’s impressive what you’ve done so far,” said Councilman Bruce Johnson.

The Youth Foundation has a photo of an example of what the new equipment could look like, however, Wilson said the plans are nowhere near final.

“We want community input, we want to work with Rick Krider (park supervisor) and open this up to the community to participate,” Wilson said.

The drawings were provided for free in an effort to estimate cost and spacing at the park.

Wilson said he hopes to have all of the money raised by July, so planning can begin.

“We’re plugging along,” Wilson said.

Those wishing to make a donation to the Youth Foundation for the equipment may contact Wilson at Sheets and Childs Funeral Home or Sade-Bartl at the Churubusco Utilities Office.