Western Wayne Elementary School third grader Emma Bowman and teacher Kari Christie delivered nearly $300 to Cambridge City Clerk-Treasurer Sherry Ervin for the campaign. Supplied photo

Through lemonade sales, checks and online gifts, Cambridge City has raised $37,300 about two weeks before its deadline to raise $50,000 to improve its park playground.

The deadline for donations is 10 p.m. June 23 toward making Creitz Park inclusive for more kids and families.

In May, Western Wayne Elementary School third graders delivered $295.02 they made from selling lemonade during recesses as part of their passion project. Emma Bowman represented her class with third grade teacher Kari Christie and gave the money to Cambridge City Clerk-Treasurer Sherry Ervin.

Town Council President Jim McLane said any funds raised above the $50,000 needed for the matching grant also will be used for the playground. The budget for what has been designed is $119,000.

If the town raises more than that amount, those donations will go for further playground improvements.

An artist rendering for the Creitz Park playground campaign. Supplied photo

Components are to include a covered two-story structure with multiple slides, climbers and other interactive pieces, lookout tower, crunch station, accessible swing sets, a large and colorful xylophone, conga drums, sit/stand spinner, two spring riders, benches and an engineered wood fiber surface.

Donations can be mailed or delivered to town hall, made payable to Town of Cambridge City, at 127 N. Foote St., Cambridge City, IN 47327. “For Park Playground” should be included in the memo.

Gifts also may be made online at wwn.to/ccpark. For more information, call 765-478-3522.

Dublin, Milton, East Germantown and Economy met their goals in recent weeks as well.

Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places¬†program is offering the matching opportunity.

Creitz Park summer concert series underway

“The Elton John Experience by Tommy Lee Thompson” performed at Creitz Park in Cambridge City. Photo by Millicent Martin Emery

Organizers estimated about 400 people gathered to watch “The Elton John Experience by Tommy Lee Thompson” and opener Caitlin Davis on Saturday, June 8, at Creitz Park in Cambridge City. Thompson performed hits such as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King.”

Cambridge City Main Street has scheduled two more free concerts featuring regional cover bands performing current and classic pop/rock in the park.

  • Velvet Crush with opener Scott Ross will perform July 13.
  • Unusual Suspects opens Aug. 10 for Bluewater Kings Band, which also offers country, Motown, funk and soul.
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A version of this article appeared in the June 12 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.