The Granville Community Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 to the Granville Recreation District in support of the Wildwood Playground Renovation.
Wildwood Playground is located in the Village of Granville, next to the T.J. Evans Bike Trail, on land provided by the T.J. Evans Foundation. It was originally constructed in 1993 as a community build project. Upcoming renovations, (to take place in April, 2018), will update the playground to meet the latest safety requirements and ADA accessibility standards, and will give the playground an expected lifespan of 25 years or more. The community build format of the renovation is expected to reduce the cost of the overall project by approximately 25 percent.
Leading the effort to renovate the playground are members of the Wildwood Park Playground Committee, a collective of 26 local community members led by co-chairs, Ben Yeater and Todd Londot. These volunteers are responsible for fundraising, public relations, volunteers, schools, childcare, materials, food, tools, design and special features, and special needs.
The Granville Community Foundation grant is made possible by generous donations from Granville community members. Foundation President, Alan Minton, notes that support of the Wildwood Park Renovation, a decision made by it’s all-volunteer Board of Directors, was clearly aligned with the Foundation’s mission to “inspire and strengthen the Granville community.”
Granville Resident and Wildwood Park Committee Volunteer, Matt Miller, added “Wildwood Park is a gift to our community that will be enjoyed by children and families for generations to come. The support from the Granville Community Foundation for this project is yet one more example of why Granville is a special place to call home.”
More information about Granville Community Foundation grants, including application materials, can be found here. More information about the Wildwood Park Renovation can be founda granvillerec.org/spotlight/wildwood-playground-renovation-project/