PNC provides $250,000 grant for riverfront playground
PNC Foundation is funding the planned 4,500-square-foot playground at Fort Wayne’s riverfront Promenade Park, PNC said in a statement June 29.
The PNC Playground is made possible by a $250,000 grant from the bank and will be located on the north bank of the St. Marys River, between Harrison and Wells Street Bridge.
Construction of the playground, which will feature a colorful and stimulating area for children, will begin in July and is scheduled to open by spring 2019.
“This leadership gift from PNC will help us significantly enhance the downtown experience,” Al Moll, director of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, said in a statement. “The unique play area will offer children of all abilities and ages a chance to interact in the outdoors. The PNC Playground is an important family friendly addition to our world-class Riverfront Development Project.”
The playground complements the bank’s early education program, PNC Grow Up Great, which is aimed at children from birth to age 5.
“This state-of-the-art playground allows us to enhance a child’s learning experience and offers a safe, attractive public place for families and caregivers. It will transform the way our community will come together to thrive and interact through the power of play,” Corinna Ladd, PNC regional president for northern Indiana, said in a statement.
The playground will be designed by Indiana-based Countryside Play Structures and Landscape Structures to encourage sensory stimulation, motor development and social interaction. The playground will have slides and ropes and include specialty equipment beyond ADA standards designed to accommodate physical disabilities.
Ample seating and other vibrant features of the new play space aim to encourage families to linger, learn and enjoy the riverfront experience. The dynamic mix of unique play structures will also serve as attractive public art, PNC said.