CLYMER, N.Y. ─ The Town of Clymer was recently awarded a $13,000 playground grant from a Fund for the Region at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the town board is exploring plans for implementing this project.
The grant application was spearheaded by board member Todd Kolstee, who was notified of the award in October. Still, he said he couldn’t have done it alone.
“The town board is excited to be working on a project to bring playground equipment back to the town park for the community,” Kolstee said. “The project would certainly not be possible without the support we are receiving, and we'd like to thank the team at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation along with the volunteers who assisted us through the grant process.”
While the project is still in its early stages, plans for financing the playground area include combining these grant funds with $18,000 from a park reserve fund held by the town.
“We’re working with a total project budget of $31,000 and are obtaining proposals to meet that,” Kolstee said. “In an effort to reduce equipment installation costs, we are anticipating the need for a supervised community installation. We may be reaching out to the community for volunteers in the future to assist with equipment installation.”
Kolstee added that additional details will be forthcoming as the project progresses.
Town Supervisor Travis Heiser, who agreed there is still much work to be done, commended Kolstee for his efforts in pursuing proper funding and getting the project off the ground.
“Obtaining a grant takes a lot of work and I’d like to thank Todd for working through the grant process,” Heiser said. “We are eagerly anticipating having new playground equipment and are happy to have cleared the hurdle of funding.”