The Foundation organizes a fundraiser for the Pier Park playground
Playtime at Pier Park is set to become an even better adventure after the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation and the City of Grosse Pointe Farms revamped the park’s play area this month.
Highlights of the new structure, being built by Penchura LLC, include an Oodle swing, Curva Spinner, Cozy Dune and other features placed on a bed of engineered wood fiber chips. Construction began just after Labor Day and is expected to take about two weeks.
The new structure is expected to be under construction as the foundation hosts its first “Come Play with Us” fundraiser, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at Pier Park, to help defray the costs of the project.
“We seek to increase camaraderie and friendship on the farms, while raising funds for the foundation and our projects,” said Ed Gotfredson, trustee of the foundation and member of its events committee. “The current playscape at Farms Pier is over 25 years old.”
Hoping to emulate the success of a recent fundraiser at Grosse Pointe Park, “Come Play with Us” is the first event of its kind organized by the foundation.
“The Farms Foundation is a group of trustees that raises funds each year, usually through an annual appeal,” Gotfredson said. “Our projects enhance the community in many different creative ways. … This is the first fundraising event we are organizing.
The Playscape project is only the most recent of the foundation’s many efforts. Since its creation, it has built, restored or maintained some of the community’s most endearing monuments.
Foundation initiatives include replacing gazebos at Pier Park and building one at Kerby Field, installing a fire pit next to the ice rink at Pier Park, restoring the historic Joy Bells and creating a dog park in Mack and Moross, among others.
“Each year we brainstorm with our subcommittee on potential projects with the city,” Gotfredson said.
The gaming landscape wasn’t just on the foundation’s radar. After more than 25 years and showing its age, the renovation was rated a “best idea” by residents in the foundation’s 2018 poll.
Gotfredson said the foundation hopes the fundraiser will raise more than $50,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales.
The party will kick off with a champagne reception and ceremony showcasing the playing landscape before heading to the community building for traveling hors d’oeuvres prepared by Forte Bélanger, cocktails and a silent auction. Some of the coveted items available at auction include VIP parking at Pier Park for a year, two picnic tables reserved for the 4th of July fireworks and a spot in the paddle board rack for a year.
Only 250 fundraising tickets will be sold. The cost is $75 each or $130 for two. To purchase tickets online, visit bit.ly/GPFFTickets.
“Kids are welcome to play on it as soon as it’s finished,” Gotfredson said. “When fully functional and safe, children are definitely invited.”
Farms Foundation Board Members
Michael Ottaway, President
Paul Huth, Vice President
Stephen Brownell, Treasurer
Ryan Jezdimir, Secretary
Farms Foundation Events Committee
Dr. David S. Ball
Shana Sine Cameron
Shane L. Reeside