Arthur W. Perdue Foundation awards $10,000 grant to help fund construction of first community playground in Georgetown, Del.
“We’re so happy to have the backing of Perdue for this project,” said Georgetown Councilman Bill West and chairman of the Georgetown Playground Committee. “This money will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals of creating a safe and accessible outdoor environment that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning for the children of Georgetown, while providing an environment that will provide the opportunity to unite children and families in our multi-cultural community.”
West said the playground would be located on property owned by the Town of Georgetown on King Street. The fenced-in playground — called the “King Street Playground” — will consist of separate play areas designed for younger and older children. Benches and picnic table will be provided for family use.
“We chose a castle theme for the playground, which was only fitting for its location on King Street,” said West.
As West explains, in July of 2012, the Georgetown Town Council was considering an ordinance that would have prohibited children from playing in the public streets. It was that proposal that led the Council to appoint a seven-member playground committee charged with identifying recreational opportunities in Georgetown, which does not have a parks and recreation department.
“We do not have a year-round playground in town for children and families in the community,” said West. “With more than 1,500 children enrolled in elementary schools from preschool through fifth grade alone, we certainly have a need for such an environment in town.”
In presenting the grant on Monday, July 8 during a ceremony at the King Street site, Dan Stein, director of Perdue operations in Georgetown, said, “At Perdue, we are committed to giving back to the community in which we live and work. We have many associates who work for Perdue in Georgetown and live with their families in the community who will directly benefit from this playground. We’re proud to support this project with funding provided by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.”
West said the Georgetown Playground Committee has raised more than $30,000 of the estimated $167,000 needed to fully fund the project. “We are optimistic to break ground in spring of 2015 and have it up and running for summer enjoyment the same year,” said West.
To learn more about the “King Street Playground” project or to make a contribution, contact Georgetown Town Hall at 302-856-7391 or Bill West at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-236-9955
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