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Historic Warren sets fundraising goals

Huntington County Community Foundation (HCCF) awarded Historic Warren, Inc. with its final Cycle II grant in the amount of $15,000. The grant will go toward the Riverside Park Project. The grant was sponsored by the following community funds: James & Nancy Breiner, J. Ben & Mary Good Family, Jim & Linda Howell and Herb & Corinne Scheiber Memorial. Pictured are (from left) Historic Warren Board Member Jessica Sunderman, HCCF Board Member Myrna Neff and Historic Warren Board Members Melinda Daniels, Jeff Souder, Neil Laymon and Becky Souder.
Huntington County Community Foundation (HCCF) awarded Historic Warren, Inc. with its final Cycle II grant in the amount of $15,000. The grant will go toward the Riverside Park Project. The grant was sponsored by the following community funds: James & Nancy Breiner, J. Ben & Mary Good Family, Jim & Linda Howell and Herb & Corinne Scheiber Memorial. Pictured are (from left) Historic Warren Board Member Jessica Sunderman, HCCF Board Member Myrna Neff and Historic Warren Board Members Melinda Daniels, Jeff Souder, Neil Laymon and Becky Souder. Photo provided.

Thanks to the efforts of Historic Warren, Inc., the Riverside Park Project could reach its Phase 3 goal through Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places program.

Becky Souder, of Historic Warren, says that the Riverside Park Project originally began with the completion of Phase 1 in April 2013. Phase 2 was completed in September of 2018 and now Historic Warren wishes to finish Phase 3 of the project, which has an estimated cost of $137,000.

With the help of the CreatINg Places program, Historic Warren is now seeking community support in this crowdfunding campaign to reach its goal of $50,000. If this goal is met by Tuesday, March 8, the IHCDA will match the funds $1 for $1, giving Historic Warren $100,000 in total toward Phase 3.

“We just see the completion of the park as a way to bring vibrancy to the community,” Souder says. “We’re hoping it will be a catalyst to promote and encourage people to visit downtown Warren.”

According to Historic Warren, Phase 3 will involve the following renovations: “The old sidewalk will be replaced with a new concrete walkway that will also serve as a plaza area with the widest area being 45 feet. The walkway will include lighting with additional seating. The concrete piers will be installed for the light posts with seating around each wood post. Shade Sails will be located throughout the walkway/plaza area.”

These improvements will also make the park compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“The Riverside Park is a focal point for development for Warren,” Lt. Gov. Crouch said in an IHCDA press release. “We are excited to kick off the CreatINg Places program in 2022 with a project dedicated to the community and the people it serves.”

Not only is the Riverside Park Project the first CreatINg Places project for 2022, it is also the first time an entity from Huntington County has been a part of this particular program.

Souder says that they originally found out about the program through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) since Historic Warren is part of Indiana Main Street. After hearing about the program, Souder says they did their “due diligence” and spoke with entities from Decatur and Bluffton who had success through the program. Their next step was to contact Patronicity, the website IHCDA uses to raise the funds. Souder says they are the ones to contact for those interested in finding out more about the program.

“Patronicity has been wonderful to work with,” Becky says. “So make that phone call and start the conversation.”

According to the IHCDA press release, to be eligible for the CreatINg Places program, non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) must have projects with a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should it successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. The maximum amount the IHCDA will match is $50,000.

Those interested in donating to the Riverside Park Project and this crowdfunding campaign may use one of the following options:

• Make a donation at patronicity.com/project/riverside_park_project.

• Mail a check to Historic Warren, Inc. at P.O. Box 477, Warren, IN 46792.

• Cash donations may be dropped off at the Town Clerks Office, 132 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Any cash donations or checks must be received and processed prior to the end of the campaign on Tuesday, March 8.

For more information, visit Historic Warren’s Facebook page or e-mail historicwarrenindiana@gmail.com.