FULTON, NY – Under Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has awarded a matching grant of $292,409 to Friends of Fulton Parks to develop a teen-focused play space at Recreation Park, adjacent to Lake Neahtahwanta.
FoFP is raising funds to cover the cost, which will be partially reimbursed through the grant.
The site preparation is in progress, and construction may begin as early as this autumn.
Financial contributions will determine the project timeline, with a completion date targeted for 2017.
Individual or corporate financial contributions are being accepted via check or cash, mailed to Friends of Fulton Parks, P.O. Box 572, Fulton, NY 13069 or via credit card through FoFP’s fund-raising account at CrowdRise.com
Details about fundraising events such as a “Spring Chicken BBQ” to be held on May 7 are available at facebook.com/friendsoffultonparks.
FoFP board member Kelley Weaver said, “This grant is an incredible and rare opportunity to fill an outdoor recreational need for youth ages 12 and older. We are grateful for this helping hand from the REDC and NYS OPRHP to improve the quality of life for our residents, and provide a boost toward economic development. We are confident that the community will pull together to raise the matching funds.”
“Friends of Fulton Parks has taken on the task of revitalizing the Recreation Park area and is doing excellent work,” said Nancy Kush Ellis, vice president, HR/marketing at Fulton Savings Bank. “The bank invested in the pavilion project in 2015 and is happy to invest this year toward the playground equipment which will be utilized by many local residents. It is exciting to watch that section of Fulton come to life again.”
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation also invested in the revitalization of Lake Neahtahwanta and Recreation Park in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
“These projects are so transformative for the Fulton community that our foundation just awarded Friends of Fulton Parks Inc. with a new grant of $30,000 toward this NYS OPRHP matching challenge grant,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. “It is our hope that local businesses and individuals join with us to raise the funding for Recreation Park to meet the NYS challenge grant of $292,409.”
The project will consist of a teen-focused play space, with a recreational capacity of approximately 150 users.
This play space will be unique to Central New York, and target ages 12 and older.
Designed with input from students at Fulton Junior High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, components will include apparatus for climbing, agility, balance, coordination, and strengthening, with accessible, sensory and tactile features.
It will accommodate both the interests and physical size of teenagers. An access path will be included in the landscape design.
About Friends of Fulton Parks Inc.
Friends of Fulton Parks Inc. is a volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the revitalization of public parks in the city of Fulton.
FoFP works in conjunction with the Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation to make physical improvements and renovations to the parks, and promote community events in the parks.
Funding is received through grants, contributions and donations.
In 2014, FoFP installed safety landing material at two playgrounds. In 2015, play equipment for ages 5-12 was installed at two parks; at Recreation Park, fitness equipment was installed and the pavilion restored.