Thanks to the community’s outstanding support, the City of Mt. Pleasant is ready to unveil the Timber Town 2.0 playground! The grand opening will take place at Island Park on Friday, June 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Timber Town 2.0 is a one-of-a-kind, universally accessible play structure at Island Park that replaced the original 1994 version of the playground. With the generosity of several community members, businesses and organizations, the City of Mt. Pleasant reached its $156,000 fundraising campaign goal for the playground project earlier this year. In May, hundreds of volunteers assisted with the playground’s construction and installation.
“The Timber Town 2.0 project is an amazing example of what a giving and collaborative community we live in,” said Rick Ervin of the Timber Town 2.0 Citizens’ Committee. “From the initial design phase of the playground to the community-wide build, people of all ages and backgrounds have made an impact on this project. We can’t wait to see the reactions of the families who will enjoy this space for years to come, and to celebrate everyone’s hard work!”
The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking volunteers for the construction and installation of the Timber Town 2.0 playscape at Island Park.
“Community Build Week” will take place May 17-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Throughout the week, professional builders will guide community members through a variety of tasks, accommodating all levels of skill. Participants may attend the entire day or sign up for a five-hour shift – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12 to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the morning shift, and dinner will be provided for the afternoon shift.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, activities will be available onsite for the children of those volunteering. The activities planned are suitable for children ages 5-12.
With the generosity of several community members, businesses and organizations, the City of Mt. Pleasant reached its $156,000 fundraising campaign goal for the Timber Town 2.0 playground project. This one-of-a-kind, universally accessible play structure will replace the 22-year-old Timber Town playscape at Island Park in May.
A portion of the donations were received during a crowdfunding campaign last fall. Administered through the crowdgrant organization, Patronicity, donations made during the 45-day fundraiser were matched through the “Public Spaces Community Places” program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
“Thank you to all who donated for your help in making this project a reality,” said Rick Ervin of the Timber Town 2.0 Citizens’ Committee. “The families and children in Mt. Pleasant will be benefitting from this great project for decades to come, and we could not have done it without the incredible support and enthusiasm of everyone who participated in this fundraising effort.”
Special thanks to the following campaign donors for their contributions:
Executive Level (Donation of $5,000 or more)
The Morey Foundation
Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund/ Kay Smith Family Fund/Community Impact Fund)
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
Skyline Level (Donation of $1,500 or more)
Doug and Melissa LaBelle Family Foundation LaBelle Management
Mount Pleasant Abstract and Title
Mt. Pleasant Jaycees
Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club
Tower Level (Donation of $500 or more)
General Agency Company
Members First Credit Union
Interested in Volunteering?Community Build Week is May 17-21. To stay informed about the project and service opportunities, sign up at http://www.uwgic.org/timbertown.