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A concept to improve the Lebanon Dog Park, submitted by a pair of Lebanon Girl Scouts, has received the “go ahead” for a statewide CreatINg Places matching grant. Aydenn Smith and Crystallyn Kellstadt submitted a plan that includes shade, structures, and beautification in and around the city’s popular dog park.

“We are ecstatic to see our project move forward,” said Crystallyn Kellstadt.” “We feel like we are able to put our love for dogs to help make our community better.”

“We can’t wait to see our plan continue,” added Aydenn Smith. We hope people who live in the city will help us reach our goal, when the project kicks off on July 1st.”

The CreatINg Places grant is supported by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, part of the IHCDA’s Placemaking Indiana initiative. The initiative stresses a place-based crowdfunding approach, where; the public, businesses and community organizations play a role in community improvements.

“I am very happy that Ayden and Crystallyn get to see all of their hard work selected for the state’s CreatINg Places grant,” said Mayor Matt Gentry. “I was extremely impressed by their drive for change. They saw a need in our community and took several in-depth steps to help make a city amenity better for dogs, as well as their owners.”

The financial goal for the project is $11,500, and is a matching grant through Patronicity. Aydenn and Crystallyn created various sponsorship levels to entice members of the community to join their effort. Levels include: Supporter ($5 or more), Dog Bandana ($25 or more), Memorial Brick ($100 or more), Tree Sponsor ($250 or more), Fire Hydrant Sponsor ($500 or more), and Gazebo Sponsor ($1,200 or more)

The Lebanon Dog Park improvement project officially begins on July 1st. All funds for the project must be collected and raised by August 15th. If the $11,500 is reached, the IHCDA will give a matching $11,500.

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