We are excited to announce that we have received a $50,000 grant from Greater Milwaukee Foundation Capital Fund to assist with our $70,000 playground renovation at our Oak Creek Child Care Center.
Our Oak Creek location opened in October 2004, and all of its outdoor play spaces were completed by May 2009. After years of wear and tear from adventurous children, it is time to clean up our existing playground, make it safer for the children enrolled in our center, and provide more natural elements to promote an appreciation for the great outdoors.
We have contracted with The Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc. for this project. They will be removing all of the damaged turf, soil, and uneven tiles and installing rubber safety surfacing; removing the current wood chips and replacing them with artificial turf; and adding more natural elements sch as large logs and boulders to encourage free play and large muscle development. Many of the playground’s current gardens will also be overhauled to include pollinator-friendly plants, and several new gardens will be created to provide layers of nature to observe, engage in, and play around. Finally, we will be installing ramps and pour-in-place safety surfacing that will make the playground more accessible for everyone!
“We are incredibly grateful to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for supporting us in this massive renovation process,” said Beverly Anderson, Executive Director of Ebenezer Child Care Centers. “Their generosity will enable us to show our commitment to our environment, the city of Oak Creek, and the next generation of leaders.”
For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,400 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and is now among the largest.