Robinson Park Playground Redesign – Neighborhood Fundraising Begins
By Denise Sanderson
As part of the Elevate Denver Bond program, with additional funds from the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Denver’s Department of Parks and Recreation has allocated $750,000 for a complete redesign of the Robinson Park Playground and basketball court. Unfortunately, this budget does not allow for the complete and comprehensive total redesign that many in the neighborhood would like to see.
A group of concerned neighbors, including your Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association, in conjunction with Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer, has partnered with The Park People to raise funds to include three additional upgrades to the design – shade sails, musical elements, and a sand play area. Each of these additional components will cost $15,000, for a total campaign, including potential expenses, of $50,000. The campaign is off to a successful start, with early donations of $11,000 already pledged. The goal is to have all funds raised by October 31, 2020.
The existing playground equipment was installed in 2000 – after twenty years, it desperately needs to be updated. General project information, including a rendering of the playground design, can be found at the following website: www.denvergov.org/parkprojects under ‘Robinson Park Playground’ or on our Association website here. Design work is complete, and it is expected that work on the project will begin in early 2021.
Neighbors who are involved in fundraising for this project include Meredith Levy, Jamie Resnik, Myra Skinner, Erin Osovets, Brewster Boyd, and Denise Sanderson. We hope you will join us in refreshing our neighborhood’s only park playground area. The value of outdoor play remains key to early childhood development, and we would like to provide the best opportunities for our neighborhood children and grandchildren.
Tax deductible donations can be made through The Park People, a 501(c)(3) organization, with a 51-year history of supporting Denver’s parks. Many Hilltop residents will recognize this organization from the vital role it played in the Save Our Sundial project. Donations can be mailed to:The Park People/Robinson Park Playground, 1510 South Grant St., Denver, CO 80210 or made online at www.TheParkPeople.org/RobinsonParkPlayground