In partnership with the City of Youngstown and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Idora Neighborhood Association applied for a KaBOOM! Community Construction Grant sponsored by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to assist the city with the costs of building a new playground planned at the corner of Glenwood and Sherwood Avenues. If awarded, our community will receive $15,000 toward the cost of playground equipment for the new park, to be assembled in part with the help of neighborhood volunteers. Dozens of residents and children from the neighborhood signed a petition in support of the grant application.

Residents were very pleased about the construction of a brand new full-service grocery store, Bottom Dollar Foods, which has been a great success for providing our community with affordable, healthy foods. However, it has been difficult for the neighborhood’s youth, who have been left without a safe place to play since the demolition of Fosterville Park. In support of the community, Bottom Dollar Foods has contributed $30,000 to the city for the relocation of the park and playground.

The new playground facility will be designed and developed based on community input provided by residents at our last public input session. An additional public meeting will be held in the coming months for residents to review the draft site plan once it is complete. The City and YNDC have been working together to assemble the property and prepare the playground site, located at the corner of Glenwood and Sherwood Avenues, for the construction of the playground. Construction of the actual playground equipment is expected to begin in the spring or early summer of 2013.

Special thanks to Ian Beniston, the Deputy Director of YNDC, and to Robert Burke, the Director of Parks and Recreation, for providing support and technical assistance for this grant application!

Word as to whether or not our community will receive KaBoom! funding should come by the end of August, so stay tuned!

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