FULTON, NY – The Friends of Fulton Parks is diligently planning an activity area at Recreation Park for teenagers, featuring “ninja warrior type active space, with a sequence of equipment to challenge them in a fun way” said Kelley Weaver, president, Friends of Fulton Parks.
“Youth, ages 12 and older, need activities that satisfy their thirst for adventure and extreme physical challenges in a safe environment,” Weaver said. “Whether it’s climbing a rope net, navigating an obstacle course, using a skateboard, or competing with friends, this activity helps them in both mind and body. It also offers them a place to socialize, or just chill out.”
Students from both the Fulton Junior High School and G. Ray Bodley High School will have input on the design, which will include components for climbing, agility, balance, coordination, and strengthening, with accessible, sensory and tactile features.
FOFP announced last April that it has been awarded a matching grant of $292,409 from the NY State Office of Parks and Recreation.
For every $25 donated, the grants add $75, up to a total of $292,409.
The project has also received support from local foundations and businesses, but FOFP is pressing to complete fundraising by this spring.
“Right now, we’re urging people to support this grant and make their donations by March 21.” Weaver said. “Then, we’ll be able to determine what components we can afford in designing the space, which we’d like to construct by this summer.”
Friends of Fulton Parks is a volunteer, 501 c 3 non-profit organization, so contributions are tax-deductible.
To donate, go to its Facebook page, “Friends of Fulton Parks,” and click on the blue “donate” button.
Contributions can also be sent by check payable to “Friends of Fulton Parks” at P.O. Box 572, Fulton, NY, 13069.
Contact Weaver for more information at: [email protected]
FOFP supports the revitalization of public parks in the city of Fulton and 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.