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South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Receives Grant for Park Project

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently received a $75,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The money will be used for the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation was notified in August that they have been approved to receive a $75,000 MATCH grant from the Wellmark Foundation for the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. In order to receive the $75,000 from the Wellmark Foundation, the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation had to match the $75,000 by Dec. 15. The MATCH grant is designed to support larger projects that build on unique assets and health needs in a local community. With the generosity of local businesses, individuals and the City of North Sioux City, the grant was successfully matched.

The Cottonwood Playground Project is a large playground structure that represents the cottonwood forest.

“The Cottonwood Playground Project is designed to promote healthy benefits in an environment where kids of all skills and abilities can exercise their minds and bodies, utilize their problem-solving skills, express creativity and start an adventure,” said Jody Moats, Park Manager.

The Wellmark Foundation MATCH grant will help with the ongoing fundraising that is already taking place for the Cottonwood Playground Project. The budget for the project is $250,000.

“This is a great boost for our fundraising efforts. We greatly appreciate the support and excitement the Wellmark Foundation grant has given us for this project. We also greatly appreciate all of the generous donations that helped achieve this match and the continuous donations that will help reach our goal,” said Moats. “The goal is to raise enough funds to begin construction by the summer of 2017.”

If you would like to help with the fundraising efforts of the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, contact Jody Moats at 605.232.0873.

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