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Crowdfunding campaign could lead to $50K grant

• Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM

A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help fund the redesigned and updated Imagination Station.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Grand Haven Area Community Foundation announced the campaign this week. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by July 27, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from the MEDC.

For project details and to donate, visit www.patronicity.com/reimagine.

It is obvious that the Imagination Station holds a place in the hearts of this community,” said Reimagine fundraising co-chairperson Katie Appold. “People have rallied for this play space and given generously since the campaign launched. The matching funds from the MEDC will only help this already incredible momentum.”

This campaign will complete the final phase of the Reimagine Project’s redesign and rebuild of the original Imagination Station at Mulligan’s Hollow. After a year of visioning, consulting and evaluating, the project’s steering committee has come up with a design that will serve all members of the community and include elements to highlight the local culture. The new play space will highlight iconic features of the community while being fully accessible.

The project has currently raised $400,000 and needs to reach its fundraising goal of $500,000 by the end of summer, organizers said this week.

“For those in the community who have been thinking about making a donation, now is the ideal time as we work toward our match goal of $50,000,” project chairman Chris Streng said. “The Reimagine Project can only come to fruition with the help of the entire community, at all stages.”

Donations are tax-deductible and processed through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (Reimagine Fund). Donations can also be made in person at the foundation office at 1 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven.

Beyond monetary donations, the public is encouraged to support this campaign in additional ways, including:

— Donations of $100 toward fence post pickets, which can be embossed with your family or business name. Nine-hundred pickets will surround the Imagination Station.

— Sponsorship of individual components of the new play space, such as slides, cargo nets, climbing walls, slides, see-saws and sensory panels.

— Sponsorship at the Lighthouse, Pier, Boardwalk and Marina levels, which provide various types of acknowledgments.

— Participation in upcoming Reimagine Project events, including the community mural painting at the Grand Haven Art Festival (June 24) and A D’Vine Event Rotary Club Fundraiser (June 28).

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