BONHAM — Volunteers involved with the building of Powder Creek Playground announced Wednesday that they have passed the $100,000 fundraising milestone, and are now $20,000 away from their goal.
The playground will be located at 400 S. Fifth Street in Bonham — an area that currently does not have any playgrounds, said Powder Creek Playground Committee volunteer Sandy Barber. It is being built with the help of Leathers and Associates, an architectural firm that designs playgrounds and emphasizes community involvement in all aspects of the planning and building processes.
“Powder Creek Playground will be valued at a lot more than the cash we put into it,” Barber said.
Representatives from Leathers and Associates took feedback from Bonham children and parents on what they would like to see in the playground.
The playground will feature several tributes to Bonham, Barber said. An Alamo will be included because the city’s namesake, James Bonham, died in the Battle of the Alamo. A warrior head will be in the playground as a tribute to Bonham High School’s mascot. Local artists will have the opportunity to contribute artwork to the playground.
The playground will also meet the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, and will include additional accessibility features that surpass the guidelines, said Leathers and Associates Project Manager Kyle Cundy. Accessible features will include a therapeutic swing, ramps throughout the playground and access points that allow transition from wheelchairs to playground equipment, Cundy said.
The planning process for the playground began in 2008 and has had its “valleys and peaks,” General Coordinator Michelle Griffith said. While it has taken a bit longer than usual for Powder Creek Playground to be built, she said, the Powder Creek Playground Committee members have not lost sight of their goal.
Griffith said she is passionate about the project because play is very important for children.
“Play can help with kids’ brain development and social development, and can help with stress relief,” Griffith said. “I have a seven-year-old daughter. I want to see her play on it!”
According to Wednesday’s statement, recent donations have come from the following groups: $1,000 from the city of Bonham, $333 from the Fannin-Grayson Peace Project, $50 from the Spanish National Honor Society and $460 from a group of residents.
The Powder Creek Playground Committee is still seeking sponsors for trees and certain components of the playground, Griffith said. They also welcome money and tool donations.
Construction of Powder Creek Playground is scheduled for March 12-16.