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Cascade in the Shade Campaign Races Toward Deadline

Posted on April 16, 2021

The Cascade in the Shade crowdfunding campaign is moving in the right direction – it has crossed the halfway point. With the support of over 70 community donors so far, we are on our way for Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens to gain an exciting year-round play space with an interactive water feature for summer play. Over $24,000 of the $40,000 goal has been raised.

However, the campaign deadline of April 30 is fast approaching.

The campaign, offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity, ends on April 30. The $40,000 goal will qualify the project for a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places (PSCP) program if it is raised by the deadline.

“Cascade in the Shade, a community-designed interactive water fountain with colorful murals, will inspire play and increase access to recreation for families in Shadyside Park, an underutilized public space in Mount Clemens,” said Diane Banks, Executive Director of Advancing Macomb. “Although we have been awarded a Play Everywhere Design Challenge grant through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and KABOOM!, we still need to raise additional funds for the project. The Public Spaces Community Places matching grant program is essential in helping us fill the funding gap to make this project a reality.”

“Activating underused spaces and creating new community amenities is exactly what this program is intended for,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Michele Wildman. “We are pleased to support and provide resources for this effort through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”

This project continues Advancing Macomb’s partnership with the City of Mount Clemens and The Anton Art Center to provide unique opportunities to increase access to play in public spaces for families. This effort began in downtown Mount Clemens in 2019 and with overwhelming community support it now turns to focus on providing more opportunities for play in the neighborhoods.

Mount Clemens Mayor Laura Kropp said that she is excited at the prospect of Shadyside Park offering more amenities for local families. “It will be a welcome gathering and play space that will have a positive impact on the community,” said Kropp.

Every dollar helps make this project a reality. Help us meet our goal by the April 30 deadline.

For project details and to donate, please visit: patronicity.com/cascade.

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