Lansing, Mich. – The Holland State Park beach will soon
receive a formal playground through a new crowdfunding
campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Lakeshore Advantage,
and Carter’s Kids announced today. The campaign will be offered through Michigan-based
crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of
$17,000 by August 8, the Holland
State Park Playground project will win a matching grant with funds made
possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details
and to donate, please visit: https://www.patronicity.com/project/holland_state_park_playground.
“Supporting community-led and driven projects is
what the Public Spaces, Community Places program was created to do,” said MEDC
Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “This project is an
excellent example of that citizen leadership transformed into supported
developments and we are pleased to partner with and provide resources to this
raised during this campaign will build a safe, inclusive, and exciting
playscape that will enrich the existing recreational opportunities at Holland
State Park. There is currently no space for organized play and few options to
engage children in a secure environment. This project uses the ideas of one
local grandmother, amplified with the help of Lake Michigan Credit Union and local
landscape architects, to make them a reality.
The park will be constructed by a team from TV
personality Carter Oosterhouse’s nonprofit charity Carter’s Kids. Lakeshore
Advantage, a nonprofit economic development organization that drives business
growth in West Michigan, provided support through developing the marketing and
supporting the fundraising strategy.
“Holland State Park is an incredible community
asset that attracts visitors from all over the world,” said Jennifer Owens, president
of Lakeshore Advantage. “The investment by the MEDC and community in this
playground will ensure the thousands of kids who visit the park on a daily
basis can truly enjoy this shining example of Pure Michigan beauty.”
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.
Pure Michigan is a brand representing business,
talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the
Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s
marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with
a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For
Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan
residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing
companies should check mitalent.org, where
more than 103,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.