The Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation is supporting the Olsrud Family Community Playground project in Bear Creek Park with a $10,000 grant award.
The donation is one of the largest contributions received in the City of Medford’s and the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation’s goal to replace the 30-year-old wooden Bear Creek Park playground with a modern custom-built structure.
“When we did a site visit, I was so impressed with the playground,” Foundation president Frances Chaney said. “We’re excited to be a part of this project.”
Rejuvenating the popular castle-like playground with a similar style using modern materials was identified as a high-priority Parks and Recreation capital improvement project for the 2017-19 funding cycle.
Through the work of volunteer, staff and contracted labor since Sept. 29, the playground is approximately 90 percent complete with an estimated December completion timeframe, but fundraising to help offset higher-than-anticipated installation costs is ongoing.
In addition to being larger in size, the Olsrud Family Community Playground will meet or exceed Federal accessibility guidelines, will have better sightlines for supervision, and will have more climbing features and imaginative amenities for children of all ages.
“The Chaney grant is a huge boost to fundraising efforts, and we are extremely grateful,” Medford Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal said. “The Chaney Foundation has a long and generous history of supporting children and families in the Rogue Valley.”
For details on how to donate to the project or to buy a customized playground fence picket, please visit www.playmedford.com