Hulett Park in Fulton will have beautiful new playground equipment for the children to play on thanks to the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.
The foundation recently awarded the Friends of Fulton Parks a $16,000 grant to assist in the purchase of new playground equipment for Hulett Park.
Hulett Park is one of the most heavily used and enjoyed playgrounds by families in Fulton, but the equipment is deteriorating and becoming obsolete.
Friends of Fulton Parks will be purchasing new playground equipment suitable for children ages 5-12, to be phased in as the existing 20-year-old equipment phases out.
The first section, a climber, will be purchased with the funds from the Shineman Foundation.
Kelley Weaver, program director of the Friends of Fulton Parks, said she is not only encouraged by the grant from the Shineman Foundation but also by the outpouring of support from the Fulton community.
“People give what they can even during hard economic times, for the hope of a better tomorrow,” Weaver said. “If the people are able to see the result of their efforts and the realization of their hopes, it will be the beginning of a chain reaction of positive change.”
These positive changes are already happening. New safety landing material has already been laid in Hulett, Voorhees, and Quirk parks, purchased through the generous donations of the Fulton community.
Donations made to the Friends of Fulton Parks may be earmarked for a specific park improvement project. These improvements are determined by the amount of donations received and volunteer efforts for a particular park. Friends of Fulton Parks hopes to begin installing other pieces of playground equipment later this summer.
“It’s always exciting to see a nonprofit organization succeed in rallying an entire community behind its work,” said Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.
“I’ve had parents come up to me and tell me how excited they are about the playground repairs. Everyone wants to do something to help the effort,” Pistell said.
The purpose of the Friends of Fulton Parks is to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors, by collaboratively restoring our public parks. The group’s mission is to revitalize the public parks in Fulton.
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