A Proposal for Requesting Funding to Build a Park

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Serenity Park Grant Proposal

Cover letter page 1

Summary page 2

Project description page 2

Future funding page 3

Budget narrative page 3

Park Design page 4

March 13, 2004

Mr. Joe Brown

Hartley Foundation

123 Corporate Way

South Park, FL 32510

Dear Mr. Brown:

In response to your request, I am submitting this proposal to build a Serenity Park in the City of Springfield for our residents.

The Springfield Civil Engineering Committee hopes your Foundation will respond favorably to this effort to better serve the citizens of Springfield.


Samuel L. Jackson



The Springfield Civil Engineering Committee has found that our citizens are having considerable problems finding a safe, quiet place to relax. This problem has caused our citizens to be unduly tense and irritable. A research show that a serenity park will help reduce the tension and irritability our residents are experiencing and help to strengthen our sense of community.

It is proposed that the abandoned building and property on the corner of Bedrock Street be purchased and renovated into a park where citizens can congregate and relax in the downtown area. The City Recreation Department will supervise the proposed program, with requested funds totaling $60,881. Future maintenance of the project will be possible through appropriations from the City of Springfield, volunteer fund-raising efforts and income from the lease of the building for the coffee shop.


The proposed project is comprised of the following activities:

A.Soliciting bids for a coffee shop at the entrance of the park. We have solicited Starbuck's and Barnie's Coffee & Tea to open a small coffee shop in the park.

B.Repairs to the abandoned building on Bedrock Street. We will need to do minor repairs in order for one of these coffee shops to open in this location.

C.Purchase of equipment and supplies. The Engineering Committee has identified three vendors of park equipment in the Springfield area. Each of these vendors' submitted bids for the following supplies. In addition, we received 2 bids for the landscaping from the local landscapers. We have accepted the lowest bid for the supplies and landscaping.

D.Installation of park equipment. The Department of Parks and Recreation has volunteered their time and energy to construct the park equipment. We will coordinate with them and find a date all volunteers can meet and complete this task.


Despite the fact that most of the costs involve one-time purchases, it will be necessary to plan for future funding of certain aspects of the project. These costs include maintenance of the park, replenishing the bird feeders and various other tasks.

The Springfield City Council has indicated that if the project is funded, it will appropriate maintenance. A similar commitment from the Friends of the Springfield Parks will ensure that the project can be sustained in the future.



Building repairs contractors w/supplies $11489

Landscapers $12847


Park benches of various sizes $5100

Large Fountain w/ pump and accessories $4879

Park equipment for children's area $11386

Privacy Fencing $8562


Flowers $954

Shrubs $1542

Trees $4122


As you can tell, we have taken time to plan a park that is not only relaxing for adults, but has an area for children as well. There are several outdoor tables at the coffee shop, as well as benches at all areas of the park. We have incorporated many varieties of shrubs and flowers to attract both butterflies and birds. We also have a water fountain with large goldfish, complete with a fish food dispenser.

Parents can feel confident knowing that each child and parent are given matching bracelets upon arriving and each child is matched to the parent upon exiting the coffee shop, which will be the main entrance and exit. There will be a full privacy fence encompassing the entire park for added quiet and safety.