Share the Dream Spotlight: Friends of the Park

Thursday, June 7, 2018

This summer, 25 different charitable organizations, scholarships and endowments are participating in the Putnam County Community Foundation Share the Dream program. The fundraising program offers proportionally awarded grant prizes to participants who receive at least 10 donations of $25 or more between May 1 and Aug. 31. Each of the 25 organizations will be highlighted in this series.

The Friends of the Park Association of Putnam County raises awareness and promotes healthy recreation and the enjoyment of the Greencastle Parks for all the citizens of Putnam County. It is a small group of volunteers who try to have a large impact.

Friends of the Park contributes to a wide array of facilities and events that impact the community such as Celebrate 4 at Robe-Ann Park, People Pathways, Emerald Palace Playground, Michaela Cancilla Park, Jaycee Park, Mary Rogers Field Park and their newest project, the bandshell in Robe-Ann Park.

Parks and recreation facilities add to our overall quality of life. Government funding is typically limited so The Friends of the Park Association of Putnam County Endowment has been an important partner in helping improve our community parks.

This year, the Friends of the Park Association of Putnam County is participating in Share the Dream. The donations toward Share the Dream will be used to help with the long-term maintenance of the larger park projects. Whether itís Emerald Palace, the Splash Park or the new bandshell, these new amenities require additional funds over time for maintenance.

Those who enjoy parks in any way and are wanting to provide healthy recreation and promoting enjoyment of community parks should consider donating to The Friends of the Park Association of Putnam County. This is a great way to have an impact on the community and to give back.

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  • It would make since to start a trust fund then use the interest to maintain the upkeep on park assets. A maintenance trust fund should start the project then build when it is fully funded.

    -- Posted by johnn on Mon, Jun 11, 2018, at 8:01 AM
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