For years, Hawley’s Bingham Park has been an attraction for a number of children’s activities. There are a large number of sporting events held in the park each year from baseball & softball games to Pee Wee football games. Children of all ages come to the park to enjoy what it has to offer. Not only because of sporting events, but also to just PLAY! There are baseball fields, tennis & basketball courts, a skateboard park, and a small playground for the little tikes to enjoy.
This year, the CJR Memorial Foundation has proposed to build a large playground inside Hawley’s Bingham Park. It will serve not only as a memorial to Caleb but also as a gift to the community and surrounding communities who have graciously donated many thousands of dollars helping other families in need. We felt this project was perfect way to give back to the community that has been so supportive of our goals.
It will accommodate up to 150 children at one time and cater to a variety of children, ages 5-12. This playground will also be handicapped accessible, something that was not provided in the past. The playground itself is made up of almost entirely recycled material making it environmentally friendly. Once completed, we hope to use Caleb’s Playground as a tool to promote a healthier lifestyle for children and their families. A healthy lifestyle in all aspects! It’s great to be able to watch our children while they play but we as parents sometimes take that for granted. Our goal is to promote this playground as a way for families to be together in a playful atmosphere and for our children to develop basic cognitive and social skills.
Thank You for your support!!
Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in securing a state matching DCNR Grant that would have helped us meet our goal. For that reason we plan to make this project one of our primary goals for this year and the upcoming years if necessary. Recently, we were awarded a $15,000 dollar grant from the Community Development Block program of Wayne County. In addition, on June 30th, 2013 we will be applying for a DCED Grant which will, if successful, cover a large amount of the total cost of $290,000. In the meantime, we will continue to raise the funds needed to complete this project.
Please show your support for this project by signing our petition below!!