Heartland Credit Union makes donation to SW Bricktown Park
Published May 21, 2018
Heartland Credit Union has made a significant donation to make enhancements to the newly renamed SW Bricktown Park. The $30,000 donation, coupled with a matching $30,000 grant by the Kansas Health Foundation, will be used to purchase new playground equipment for the park.
Dan Springer presents a check for the SW Bricktown Park project to Lisa Gleason of the United Way (left) and Jessie McElheny of the SW Bricktown Neighborhood Center (right).
SW Bricktown Park, formerly Ashmeade Park, is located on West 1st Street between Jackson and Jefferson, in the SW Bricktown Neighborhood. The park is an integral part of the neighborhood revitalization that began in 2015. It will not only provide a place for exercise, but a space for residents to engage with one another and build a sense of community. Other plans for the park include a walking trail, a picnic shelter, and green space for kids to play.
"Supporting local organizations and initiatives is very important to HCU," said Dan Springer, President and CEO of Heartland Credit Union. "SW Bricktown Park is going to make a real difference in the lives of the residents that live in the neighborhood. With our Avenue A Branch located in the heart of SW Bricktown, it was natural for us to be a part of the project."
It took a local partnership with The United Way to bring this all together. In early 2017 the United Way was looking for a partner to help take advantage of a matching grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to help develop the park. Lisa Gleason, Executive Director of The United Way, approached Heartland Credit Union.
"Heartland Credit Union has been supporting this neighborhood revitalization and walking alongside this work almost from the beginning," says Gleason. "HCU is a key partner and really a great neighbor. They truly believe in helping make this neighborhood a great place and have shown that by their presence and willingness to help make change happen."
Residents of the neighborhood had input on the new park design and have really taken ownership of the project. HCU staff members will assist in installing the new equipment later this summer with the help of the City.
Following the completion of the playground build, HCU will host a Party in The Park to celebrate the new SW Bricktown Park. The evening will feature food and fun for everyone. Details on the party will be available at a later date.