Placemaking update: Realtor Park project reaches crowdfunding goal, secures $30K grant from state

A little less than a week until the deadline and a Bay City crowdfunding campaign to transform a city park has already raised well more than what was initially requested.

The Before the Bay Park Project seeks to reenergize Realtor Park with improvements that include a park clean-up, new trees and grass, the addition of a walkway, benches, lighting, and an art installation.

In November 2018, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise money for the transformation.

Enrolled in the state’s placemaking initiative Public Spaces Community Places, the Before the Bay Park Project had the opportunity to win a $30,000 grant from the program. All they had to do was raise their own $30,000 through a crowdfunding campaign on the Michigan-based Patronicity platform.

Their deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 15. As of publication, the Before the Bay Park Project has already raised more than $47,000--well above what was required to win the state grant, and with time to spare.

The Before the Bay Park Project is the community service project for the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2019.

"Our leadership class is absolutely thrilled that we have met our fundraising goal and will be receiving the MEDC matching grant of $30,000," says Tammy Claramunt, leadership class participant and grant chairperson.

"It is only because of the generous support of many businesses and residents of Bay County that have allowed us to reach this goal and essentially improve the park.

"We are anxious to move on to the next stage of the project and grateful for the help we've received thus far."

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