A fundraising campaign wrapped up April 30 to bring a year-round play space to Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens. Over $43,000 was raised on the online platform Patronicity. The goal was to reach $40,000.

A fundraising campaign wrapped up April 30 to bring a year-round play space to Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens. Over $43,000 was raised on the online platform Patronicity. The goal was to reach $40,000.

File photo provided by Advancing Macomb


Fundraising goal exceeded for space at Shadyside Park

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 12, 2021

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The time has come and gone to raise funds to bring a year-round play space to Shadyside Park.

Launched in March, it was announced that the park could gain the space with an interactive water feature for summer play through a new Cascade in the Shade crowdfunding campaign.

The campaign was offered on the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity and ran through April 30.

As of May 3, $43,000 had been raised, with over 100 patrons contributing. The goal was to reach $40,000, which qualifies the project for a matching grant from the MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

Diane Banks, Advancing Macomb executive director, said the campaign began slowly.    

“There was gap funding because we were able to receive initial funds through the Play Everywhere Challenge through Kaboom!,” she said. “We didn’t have a lot of time to gear up.”

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

The $40,000 mark was surpassed April 23.

“It was encouraging that we were on a good path and then it was a final push effort, really encouraging those who had already donated to share it,” Banks said. “Once we got closer to the goal and community members started to see this is possible, that gave us the final push.”

Angela Lenda, Advancing Macomb program manager, previously said that if the funds weren’t raised, the project would not be built.

Banks said a big off-line donation was made by Jim George in the amount of $40,000.

George is a local businessman who, in 2018, purchased Parkway Plaza in Clinton Township. George is of the same family who donated George George Memorial Park to the township.

“The additional funds will continue to help us make this project great with some additional beautification-type aspects of the feature,” Banks said.   

The play space will 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.  

When asked what the campaign results say about the people of Macomb County, Banks said the last year has been so difficult for many, but the project gives folks a glimmer of hope and something to get excited about.

“The fact this was a community effort shows we’re excited to see something on the horizon that’s great for youth and families,” she said.

She said the campaign also shows what is possible when a community comes together.

Banks hopes construction will begin this summer with a spring 2022 grand opening. Once open, the space will be free to use and open to the public.

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