FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) (11/14/2017) - Frankenmuth Jaycees are hoping the power of the internet can help them raise $33,000 for a new splashpad to be built in Memorial Park next year.
But first, the community needs to raise $33,000 by Jan. 2 to match a grant offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The Jaycees have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Patronicity.com for the community to chip in.
The Frankenmuth Jaycees wanted to create something the community could enjoy. So the drew up plans for a splash pad in Memorial Park.
"We used to have a pool here, so water-based play is something that comes up in our parks and rec surveys every year. so we wanted to bring free water-based play back into town," said Dan Hopp of the Frankenmuth Jaycees.
The water park will have 23 spots where kids can splash and play in the water. Plans call for benches, shade and fencing to keep kids from traffic. New playground equipment would replace what is currently in Memorial Park.
The price tag for this phase of the project is 450-thousand dollars. The Jaycees have set a deadline of reaching that goal by January 1 and right now they are 100-thousand dollars short.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and M-Parks Foundation have offered matching funds so a one dollar donation from supporters will mean three dollars toward the project.
The Jaycees have more plans once the splash pad is up and running.
They want to build changing rooms and a pavilion. Time is running out to reach the deadline. The Jaycees would like to get the money in hand as soon as possible so the plans can move forward.
"Our current plan is to have all of our funding done by January 1 so we can get with contractors and start right away once the snow melts in the springtime," Hopp said.
The splash pad could be open to the public by July 1 next year.