Habitat for Humanity Receives $100,000 Grant

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield has been given a significant grant to help their park revitalization program.

The $100,000 grant from the Republic Services National Neighborhood Promise Charitable Association will be used to bring new playground equipment to Lafayette Park, one of Springfield’s oldest parks.

“Our goal is to help build stronger, more unified neighborhoods,” Kurt Bodendorfer, General Manager of Republic Services in Springfield, said in a statement. “This playground equipment is a step towards revitalization, making a meaningful difference in the communities where we live and work.”

The head of Habitat in Springfield agrees.

“Neighborhood Realization is more than Habitat for Humanity building and repairing homes,” Larry Peterson, executive director of HFHS, said in a statement. “Installing new playground equipment at Lafayette Park provides increased safety and community for our partner neighborhood.”

Habitat will hold a “deconstruction day” to remove the old playground equipment on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Parks staff will remove a unit of playground equipment in the southeast portion of the park, located at 202 East Atlantic in Springfield.

Volunteers will then install wood safety chips and fill dirt, maintain planning beds, pick up litter, and perform general landscaping.

If you would like to help, contact Habitat for Humanity Springfield on their website or call 417-829-4001.

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