Crowdfunding campaign launched for the Frankenmuth Community Splashpad

Frankenmuth’s Memorial Park will soon feature a universally accessible splashpad for residents and visitors to enjoy with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign<https://www.patronicity.com/muthsplashpad>, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation (mParks Foundation), and Frankenmuth Community Foundation announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

“Public Spaces Community Places aims to support projects that meet the desires of the local population,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to partner in this effort along with the mParks Foundation to complete the development of the Frankenmuth Community Splashpad for all to enjoy.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $33,333 by January 2, the project will win a 2:1 matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program in partnership with mParks Foundation. For project details and to donate, please visit: www.patronicity.com/muthsplashpad<https://www.patronicity.com/muthsplashpad>.

The funding raised in this campaign will provide the final funds needed to complete the communally envisioned and designed splash park. Not only will this project create a fully accessible splashpad but the full space will include many options for use and recreation.  A new playground, sensory garden, shade canopies, and a fully accessible bathroom facility will be added with this project.  The goal is to construct a free, family space for sensory learning, water play and recreation.

Due to the project’s universal accessibility, the mParks Foundation has partnered with the MEDC to increase the incentive and provide a 2:1 matching grant.

“Everyone should be able to enjoy public recreation no matter their ability,” said Ron Davis, mParks Foundation President. “The mParks Foundation is pleased to partner with Patronicity, MEDC and Frankenmuth to create a splashpad that is accessible for all.”

The splashpad project is the vision of the Frankenmuth Jaycees, who have committed to design, fundraise, and build the splashpad that will be free to the entire community.

“The Frankenmuth Jaycees have wanted to bring free, water-based play to Frankenmuth for a long time,” said Danielle Daugharty, president of the Frankenmuth Jaycees. “As we are approaching our phase one goal, we are excited to partner with the MEDC and mParks foundation for the opportunity to triple our fundraising efforts and make this project happen. The matching granted funds will allow the splash pad project to break ground in early 2018 and be operational by June 2018.”

Public Spaces Community Places<https://patronicity.com/puremichigan> 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. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

“One great way to do placemaking in a community is to improve upon an existing asset,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “Turning this under-utilized area in Memorial Park into a splashpad that everyone can enjoy does just that. By supporting this project, Frankenmuth area supporters and visitors can have yet another space to enjoy for years to come.”

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of October 31, 2017, MEDC has provided $4,117,333 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 143 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with nearly $5 million raised from 25,980 individual donors.