A splash pad is planned to open next summer, and the community is determined to raise the necessary funds to supplement its construction. The Bank of Bennington has launched a $25,000 Community Match Challenge, pledging a 1:1 match up to $25,000 for all funds raised for the park by the end of September.
“The Bank of Bennington is committed to investing in projects that will have a meaningful impact on our community,” said Bank of Bennington President Jim Brown. “Supporting this park project, and the work that The Grow Bennington Initiative is pursuing, further demonstrates our commitment to this community and to investing in Bennington’s downtown.”
A crowdfunding page for the project has been launched on Causevox.com, a fundraising site similar to GoFundMe. It has raised nearly $1,700 as of Friday morning.
The splash pad will be an artistic, landscaped addition at Merchant’s Park at Main and Pleasant streets. The “splash pad plaza” will run through the park and be surrounded by a manicured lawn and a stone border. An art wall will separate parking space from the park.
The Grow Bennington Initiative, Catamount Connections, the Bennington Downtown Alliance, and the Town of Bennington have partnered to support and implement this park from the idea’s inception to completion of construction. The Grow Bennington Initiative has committed to contributing $70,000 to the park.