As construction got underway on two new splash parks this week, more money was rolling in to support the projects.
The grant matches a 2013 contribution from MCF for a splash park at Reindahl Park. Since then, the city has expanded its splash park efforts and is adding a second one at Elver Park, in large part because of the number of private donations that have come in.
The Parks Foundation has also received $50,000 from the Evjue Foundation (the charitable arm of The Capital Times), $50,000 from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation and $10,000 from American Family Insurance.
The total cost of the project is $2 million, with the city of Madison covering 85 percent. The Parks Foundation is looking to cover the remaining $300,000, with about $225,000 raised so far.
"We have a few more asks out there so we're hoping to hit the goal," says Stephanie Franklin, executive director of the Madison Parks Foundation.
Ground was broken Wednesday at the Elver splash park and Thursday at Reindahl, with the goal of getting them both open before the end of this summer.
Both will feature 2,200 square feet of space and use low-flow features and a recirculating water system to conserve water.
The Elver Park Splash Park is the fifth splash park MCF has funded in the Madison area.
“These colorful, imaginative and free water playgrounds provide an economical compliment to Madison’s beaches and pools, and safe and fully accessible spaces that can be enjoyed by all generations and abilities,” Tom Linfield, MCF’s vice president of community impact, said in a statement.