Kids Cove in Marquette, MI, had been a beloved playground for two generations. When it needed to be replaced, many people in the community were disappointed to see it go away. A group of volunteers identified the need for an inclusive playground in the community. The city agreed to the plan if the volunteers led the fundraising and planning. In less than 20 months, the group hired a landscape architecture team, brought the community around to the idea of a new playground, created a design with input from many constituency groups, and raised over $1 million.
In this course, Mara Kaplan will interview three community members to learn how a group of volunteers in the upper peninsula of Michigan was able to accomplish what they did, how they used crowdfunding to finish their campaign, and how the strong partnership between the architecture team and the volunteers was crucial to the success of their project. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions..