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Park Project Nears Fundraising Goal


February 9, 2022 | View PDF

Sidney Park Project Awarded $23,760 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and a $50,000 grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. Funds total more than $680,00 of a $711,000 goal.

What started as a dream is getting closer to reality.

The children's playground equipment at Legion Park became the focus of a needed update and is now within reach.

The goal was to upgrade the play equipment to be safer and more inclusive for people of all mobility levels.

SIDNEY PARK PROJECT is proud to announce that it has been awarded $23,760 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2021 2nd Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants.

Sixty-seven grants totaling $1,403,071 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,490 grants totaling over $36 million have been awarded.

Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0006-01-00).

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts.

The Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program funds organizations up to $25,000 to support a wide range of projects and activities that will impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

“This cycle of Direct Effect grant projects offers a robust and impactful addition to our Quality of Life grants program,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation.

“Grant funds are supporting wide-ranging projects including accessible community areas, adaptive sports and fitness & wellness, consumer education, peer mentoring & support, and transportation.

These projects represent the true essence of our Quality of Life grants program by fostering inclusion, involvement and community engagement, and promoting health and wellness for those affected by paralysis.”

The Sidney Park Project will use the grant for an inclusive merry-go-round called a We-Go-Round.

The Sidney Park Project is honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant.

With their support, we are able to bring a one of a kind experience to the playground for all ages and abilities. The Sidney Park Project board thanks the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for their generous gift to help the dream of inclusion and accessibility a reality!

About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe.

Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence.

The mission of the Sidney Park Project is to promote inclusion, exposure, and exploration through play.

(308) 249 - 1345

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Madi Wilkinson

Sidney Park Project

(308) 249 -1345

[email protected]

Rita Gentles

(973) 379-2690 ext. 7123

[email protected]


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