Hazel Green is a small, unincorporated town with a farm-feel and hometown friendliness. Businesses are slowly moving in & growth is picking up steadily! As new families begin to migrate to the area, it’s evident that the lack of a public playground poses a problem for local families.
Families drive at least 20 minutes away to keep their children happy & healthy at the playground. It’s not a hop-skip-jump event – often playground day becomes a road trip. This poses a challenge, especially with cooped-up kids and rising gas prices.
Jennifer Stocum leads a local diverse group of moms and dads who are taking matters into their own hands. The goal is to raise funds to build a playground for all children, including those who are disabled, in hopes to contribute to developing a more family-friendly community.
Help and support is essential to see this $150,000 project to its completion.
Below are the details, and how you may show your support to this worthy cause.
Handicapped Accessible Playground Location
Billy Hunter Park is in the heart of Hazel Green and is familiar territory for community ball games, recreational sports, and the spot for the popular annual Tractor Pull.
The entire grassy, fenced in area has been allocated to the playground. Plenty of room to grow! – Jennifer Stocum
- Phase I – The Hazel Green Community playground $50,000. A depiction of the Phase I playground
- Phase II – The Splash Pad and Pavilion are inspired by real mommy logic. The shade and water feature will offer relief for hot Alabama summers.
“My vision began at the Everybody Can Play playground in Huntsville. It is my daughter’s favorite part of going to that playground. I even enjoy running around
in it! It will definitely complete our goal of having an amazing place where everybody in the community can come together and be together.” – Jennifer Stocum
The group is working on the Phase II – Splash Pad and Pavilion plans in an effort to have an image of what it will look like completed.
So far, close to $11,000 has been raised, however, a total of $50,000 is needed to build Phase I of the playground. The organizers have set up various ways & locations to donate to the effort.
- Hazel Green Playground Go Fund Me Page
- Hazel Green Volunteer Fire Department: 121 Joe Quick Road Hazel Green, AL 35750
- Redstone Federal Credit Union: Hazel Green branch
- Donate directly: All checks can be made out to Hazel Green Community Playground and mailed to P.O. Box 314, Hazel Green, AL 35750
Playground Yard Sale Fundraiser
You’re also invited to the playground’s benefit yard sale on Saturday, May 16th that will help raise necessary funds toward Phase I of the playground project. The location has not been determined at this time. Food vendors will be on location; make it a day of family fun for a great cause!
If you have any items you’d like to donate, contact Jennifer Stocum via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (256.683.1979) or on the Hazel Green Playground Facebook Page.
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