A goal to reach $40,000 for Cascade in the Shade at Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens has been set by the end of April. The city could gain a year-round play space with an interactive water feature for summer play.

A goal to reach $40,000 for Cascade in the Shade at Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens has been set by the end of April. The city could gain a year-round play space with an interactive water feature for summer play.

Artist rendering by Wendy Popko


Crowdfunding campaign launched for water park at Shadyside

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 2, 2021

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Cascade in the Shade could be coming to Mount Clemens.

On March 22, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, and Advancing Macomb, announced that Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens could gain an exciting year-round play space with an interactive water feature for summer play through a new Cascade in the Shade crowdfunding campaign.

The campaign, offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity, runs through April 30. The goal is to reach $40,000, which qualifies the project for a matching grant from the MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

Angela Lenda, Advancing Macomb program manager, said the space is not a done deal.

“We got a grant from Kaboom! and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation that we need to match,” she said. “We are putting together this crowdfunding campaign to help fund the gap along with some other fundraising. If we don’t raise the funds to complete the total, the project will not be built.”

The play space would feature a 1,400-square-foot interactive water fountain and splash pad, above- and below-ground infrastructure and equipment, and artistic murals on the play surface of the water feature and on the sidewalk nearby, commissioned by a local artist and community members.

“Cascade in the Shade, a community-designed interactive water fountain with colorful murals will inspire play and increase access to recreation for families in Shadyside Park, an underutilized public space in Mount Clemens,” Diane Banks, Advancing Macomb executive director, said.

Advancing Macomb is a Macomb County nonprofit that strives to strengthen Macomb County by connecting community challenges with high-impact solutions.

“We wanted to continue work in Mount Clemens because of our partnership and the need in the community, and wanted to look outside of downtown and look at the neighborhoods,” Banks said.

MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Michele Wildman said activating underused spaces and creating new community amenities is exactly what this program is intended for.

“We are pleased to support and provide resources for this effort through our Public Spaces Community Places program,” she said.

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC.

This project continues Advancing Macomb’s partnership with the city of Mount Clemens and The Anton Art Center to provide unique opportunities to increase access to play in public spaces for families.

The effort began in downtown Mount Clemens in 2019, and with overwhelming community support, it now turns to focus on providing more opportunities for play in the neighborhoods.

Mount Clemens Mayor Laura Kropp indicated she is excited at the prospect of Shadyside Park offering more amenities for local families.

“It will be a welcome gathering and play space that will have a positive impact on the community,” she said.

As of March 30, over $8,000 had been raised.

For project details and to donate, visit patronicity.com/cascade.

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