Robinson Park Playground Project Update
Submitted by Denise Sanderson
WE DID IT! ...and then some! Thanks to generous donations from over 180 individual donors we have exceeded our $50,000 goal, raising over $67,000! Warm thanks to all the generous neighborhood families, foundations, businesses, schools, and the Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association (with 100% personal participation from its board members!) for helping this campaign succeed beyond our wildest dreams!
All funds raised will support the reimagined Robinson Park Playground. Our initial project goal of $50,000 was targeted to three additional elements: shade sails, musical play, and a sand play area. It is anticipated that construction bids will come in somewhat higher than estimated, as the city has recently seen increased construction costs on other projects. The additional funds we have raised will help meet any additional gap between available Elevate Denver bond funds and actual construction costs.
With construction firms’ bids for this project due on November 18th, we will soon know what the additional need will be. The Robinson Park Playground Project committee will work in partnership with Denver Department of Parks and Recreation staff to allocate these funds. As these decisions are made, we will report to the community through this newsletter and social media.
Expect construction to begin in early 2021, with completion in late summer/early autumn. We will miss having a playground for a season, but the wait will be worth it!
This partnership between neighborhood residents, DPR and The Park People shows how strong our community can be when we work together to achieve a common goal. Thanks to the following neighbors who served on the committee with me: Meredith Levy, Jamie Resnik, Erin Osovets, Lauren Deaton, Myra Skinner, and Brewster Boyd.
For more information about all the programs of The Park People, please visit TheParkPeople.org. As the pandemic continues to challenge many non-profit organizations, keep The Park People in mind as you contemplate your charitable giving. This organization, with a 51-year history of enriching Denver’s parks, has previously supported Hilltop through the successful Save Our Sundial reconstruction and through the addition of trees to our neighborhood through the well-known Denver Digs Trees program.