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Roanoke seeks funds for park

Roanoke will soon have more space for accessible play if this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by Aug. 9, 2023. If successful, the project led by the Town of Roanoke will receive a matching grant as part of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA). “Children of all backgrounds and abilities should have the opportunity to engage in play with their peers,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The proposed improvements to Roanoke Park address that need and I am excited to see this project take shape.” Funds from this campaign will be used to add a new accessible playground to the Roanoke Park providing a variety of opportunities for play for children of all ages. “Roanoke Park has been a place where friendships have formed,” said Dave Meitzler, Roanoke Park board member. “The memories created here will last a lifetime. The Town of Roanoke wants to continue giving children positive experiences by replacing the old worn-out playground equipment with new modern equipment.” Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $8.3 million in public funds and an additional $6.8 million in matching IHCDA funds. The program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and local units of government are eligible to apply. Eligible projects must have 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. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.