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!!
This past July, we applied for a DCED Grant from the state that would cover roughly 80% of the necessary funds required for the project. I am pleased to announce that we received a grant in the amount of $225,167 from the Department of Community and Economic Development! In addition, we were awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority. With both grants and what we anticipate raising at this years event, we will reach our goal and begin construction this spring. We plan to break ground in April of 2014 and hope to complete the project by the end of May. This play system will cater to children from 5—12 years of age, and will also be handicapped accessible. A playground that ALL children in our community will enjoy for many years to come