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Chloe's Sunshine Playground Funded!

Article in the July/August 2014 issue of The Lake View:

The "Charitable Foundation of Syracuse City," a nonprofit 501 C-3, has recently received a $192,000 federal grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the construction of the proposed Chloe's Sunshine Playground project. The federal funding in addition to approximately $251,000 that has generously been raised over the last 5 years will allow construction to finally begin on the first phase of this long anticipated playground. All funding for the project has been provided by private donations and this grant. Syracuse City has not contributed any funds to the project except for staff time.

The project is named after Chloe Bennett, a Syracuse City child. Chloe has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and West syndrome, which limit her ability to speak, walk, and to play on traditional playground equipment with other kids. This separation inspired Chloe's mother to gather support to create a place where Chloe and other children can play together.

The proposed playground will bridge this gap making Chloe's dream a reality. The proposed fully accessible playground will feature ramps, swings, slides, a music garden, shade structures, a water splash pad, and restrooms. The park will be a unique place for the children of Davis County. It is planned to be built at Centennial Park (1979 S. 1900 W.). There have been multiple fundraising events, very generous donations from local businesses, and the grant to gather the necessary funds for construction. These valiant efforts have raised $443,000 which is enough to begin the first phase of construction. The total project cost is estimated to be around $900,000. The first phase would include everything but the restrooms and splash pad.

Construction is estimated to begin as soon as possible. However, the project construction schedule has not been finalized as the city is just now finishing the grant funding process. Stay tuned for more details! The city has a webpage about the project and Chloe's mom keeps a stellar facebook page that you should like immediately! [blushing now!]

It is not too late to make a donation to the project. Donations can be made in person at America First Credit Union to account #905624-3. Checks should be made out to "The Charitable Foundation of Syracuse City," a nonprofit 501 C-3 foundation. All funds will be immediately routed to the Foundation, which is not connected to Syracuse City's account. Donors who contribute $100-150 are eligible for a 6"x6" paver brick. All engraved pavers, commemorating the donor, will be used in the sidewalk surfaces within the playground. Any questions about the project or how to make a donation can be directed to Kresta Robinson at 801-614-9654.

Thank you to all those who have made this dream a reality, you make our community a great place to live!