Orem is starting to amp up its efforts to raise money for the city’s all-abilities playground — it brought in between $700 and $800 at the Christmas tree-lighting event on Monday night and there’s a bootcamp fundraiser on Thanksgiving morning.
Though the city raised money at the tree-lighting event, it also was about raising awareness of the project, dubbed the “all-together playground, where everybody plays,” said city spokesman Steven Downs. Fliers handed out to attendees told about the project — which will be at City Center Park, near the library — the need and included a photo of how it might look.
The fundraiser on Thursday morning is being hosted by a company that wanted to contribute to the project — EXL Fitness and Performance, he said. Every year the business has a Thanksgiving morning bootcamp and donates the proceeds to a charity. This year’s classes will be at 6, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. and are $10 per person.
Orem also has an ongoing fundraiser with fence pickets and pavers for the future park, Downs said. For $50 you can get your name (or your family, children or business) on a picket on the fence that will surround the playground; for $100 you can get your name on a paver on the walkway connecting the playground to the walking trail.
[pullquote]”We’re not looking for anyone to be the sole donor. We’re looking to involve a lot of people in a lot of different ways.” —Steven Downs, Orem city spokesman[/pullquote]
The playground will cost an estimated $500,000 to $600,000, and Orem already has about $165,000 banked, he said. It’s been meeting with individuals and businesses interested in donating larger chunks of money to the effort. It’s also partnered with Kids on the Move and United Way of Utah County.
“We’re not looking for anyone to be the sole donor,” he said. “We’re looking to involve a lot of people in a lot of different ways.”
Orem recently selected Leathers & Associates to design the playground, a company with experience in community-built, all-abilities playgrounds, Downs said. It’s giving the city ideas for fundraisers that have worked in other areas.
The designer will have a day when children can submit their ideas for how the playground should look. And when the time comes, the city will need thousands of volunteers over a week period or so to help construct the playground, Downs said.
Orem hopes to have the playground built in 2016.
To sign up for the Thanksgiving Day bootcamp, click here.
And for more information about the playground, go to alltogetherplayground.com/.