Warrington’s Lions Pride Park is nearing its Phase 1 fundraising goal of $2 million with the help of Lindy Communities Property Management Company, which has pledged to match all new donations through Dec. 31, up to $100,000.
The park is expected to open this spring. Donations can be made atlionspridepark.org/donate.
Lions Pride Park was once the site of the Twin Oaks Day Camp and it is being converted into a 17-acre recreational, educational and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant park for visitors of all ages and all abilities.
The Warrington Township Lions Club, with support from community partners, has raised over $1.65 million to date and hopes to close the $350,000 funding gap with the help of the Lindy Communities match.
Carolyn Hirsh Lindy of Lindy Communities Property Management Company, is spearheading the matching initiative for the Lindy Family and Lindy Communities.
Kids Mountain, a main feature of the park, will have a state-of-the-art play area fully accessible to people of all abilities to include swings, slides, climbing towers and rope bridges.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative community asset, which will foster connection through shared experiences with neighbors,” said Lindy. “Lindy Communities -The Park at Westminster Apartment Homes and Lindy Communities -Warrington Crossings Apartment Homes both located in Warrington Township are proud to participate and sponsor.”
Barry Luber, Warrington Township manager, thanked the Lindy group: “Their generosity will help significantly in reaching our fundraising goals.”
Jim Furlong, a Warrington Lions member and Lions Pride Park Campaign leader, encouraged giving during December. “The Lions Club and Warrington Township are very excited with construction moving along nicely for a spring grand opening. This matching donation challenge gives us the opportunity to reach our goal and complete phase one of the multigenerational park with playground equipment designed for children of all abilities, including special needs.”
Recognition of gifts of $100 and up will be inscribed in stone on donor walls in the park. Donations of $100 - $499 will receive one line of text, while donations of $500 - $5,000 will receive two lines of text.
The park is currently under construction at Folly and Bradley roads in Warrington Township. It includes Kids Mountain, The Grove, and a walking trail around the park that connects to other township walking paths. Features include a recently completed rain garden and a future pond-to-wetland conversion that will have value for biodiversity and educational purposes.
A smart phone app, under development, will enable people who are differently abled to learn about features of the park and find their way through the park.