St. Patrick’s Day is over, but it’s yet to be determined whether Dublin has the luck of the Irish as the town raises money to rejuvenate its playground. 

The all-or-nothing fundraising campaign aims to improve Wilson Park for residents of Western Wayne County and visitors. 

If $50,000 is raised by 3 p.m. May 25, a $50,000 match would come from Indiana Housing and Community Development Association. 

As of press time, $620 has been donated by four patrons. 

Funds would replace the current surface cover with new poured-in-place rubber surfaces for the east playground area and the older play area as additional funding is available. Playground equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act would be included in future phases. 

The updated playground would add to the amenities at Wilson Park, which already offers picnic areas, softball diamonds and a community center with an indoor skating rink. 

The park began as a vision of women in the community in the 1950s. They led a fundraising effort to buy land and equipment where kids could come together and play. Another grassroots campaign led to donations for new playground equipment installed in 2010. 

Donations may be made at Cash or checks made payable to the Town of Dublin Park Project may be delivered to town hall, 2250 E. Cumberland St., Dublin, during regular business hours. Checks also may be mailed to P.O. Box 145, Dublin, IN 47335. 

For more information, call 765-478-4878.

Additional campaigns

  • Economy is in the final stages of its playground campaign. As of press time, $47,671 has been raised toward its $50,000 goal. Checks may be made payable to “Economy Civil Town” and sent to P.O. Box 155, Economy, IN 47339, or gifts may be made at The deadline is 11 p.m. April 22.
  • Milton just launched its $50,000 campaign with a 10 p.m. May 18 deadline. As of press time, $200 has been raised. Donations may be delivered or mailed to Town of Milton, P.O. Box 398, Milton, IN 47357, or made online at
  • Pershing celebrated the end of its successful playground campaign on March 23, and Cambridge City’s fundraiser likely will start in late April.
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A version of this article appeared in the April 3 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

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