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Crowdfunding could build Waterloo park

March 22nd, 2019

KPC Media - The Star

Residents in the Town of Waterloo soon could have a new space for walking, playing and relaxing if a recently launched crowdfunding campaign is successful.

The town is using the CreatINg Places program offered by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The money raised will be used to activate a vacant lot by constructing the first phase of Waterloo Veterans Memorial Park.

“We are pleased at the opportunity to support the Town of Waterloo on this new crowdfunding campaign,” said Carmen Lethig, placemaking manager for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

“Once completed, Waterloo Veterans Memorial Park will offer a number of amenities that will complement the other parks and gathering spaces in their community. It also provides a new way to pay tribute to the service of our military veterans,” Lethig added.

If the campaign reaches its $48,750 goal by May 1, the Waterloo Veterans Memorial Park project will receive a matching grant of $48,750 from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

For project details and to donate, people can visit patronicity.com/project/waterloo_veterans_memorial_park#!/

The funding raised during the campaign will provide a stocked fishing pond, a trail for bikes and hikes, sledding hill, free fenced dog play area, drinking fountain, benches and a space for the community to gather.

“This will be a really nice park for Waterloo,” said Tena Woenker, town manager of Waterloo. “We’re hopeful that the community and businesses will support our goals to build it this summer. We are very excited for the matching grant with IHCDA and the partnership with Patronicity, this is a great opportunity.”

Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $1.98 million in public funds and an additional $1,693,000 in matching funds from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

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