(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Local corporation, HollyFrontier, announced today that they have become a matching funds donor for the Friendship Playground Fund. Members of the City of Cheyenne and Friendship Playground Fund received the $25,000 matching fund donation from HollyFrontier to go towards the Cahill Park playground project to build a destination playground intending to eliminate all boundaries and promote imagination, diversity and inclusion. "As we've been working very hard at improving air quality here in Cheyenne, this playground will allow children, parents, and grandparents to enjoy the great outdoors, no matter their physical abilities," Mike Achacoso, HollyFrontier VP and Refinery Manager said. "That is why I'm so excited for HollyFrontier to invest back in the community with something that impacts both our families and friends." *HollyFrontier VP, Mike Achacoso, presents Friendship Fund Volunteer, Monica Puente, with the matching fund donation, Jan. 13. (Pitchengine Communities)* "I think this park is going to be great, it will allow for us to be able to take kids to the park for field trips, and knowing its going to be accessible to all kids and adults with needs is fantastic." Renee Lowe, Special Education teacher at Stride Learning Center said. With over 750 kids throughout the community that they now serve, she said it will open up more opportunities for the organization. *A young boy admires the layout map of the future playground project. (Pitchengine Communities)* "I just hope that the community sees the value that everybody in this room sees, Cheyenne has been a really giving community in the last 28 years that I've been with Parks and Recreation." Rick Perish, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Cheyenne. "What you put into the community is what you get back out of it, and that's what the people of Cheyenne do, and I hope we reach our goals and get this facility in in the near future." Theresa Moore, Planner for the Parks and Recreation Department, says that it's been a vision they've had for the community for at least 10 years now. *h/t photo: Friendship Playground Fund/Pitchengine Communities* Construction for the park is scheduled to begin spring of this year if the $800,000 fundraising goal is met. The Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne also announced their $25,000 contribution earlier this year. The organization has set up a GoFundMe
account for community members to
contribute to the local project, and as of Wednesday afternoon, the project
has raised $3,545 of the $25,000 goal through the online website created
back in July 2015.
Members are also able to make a donation/contribution by mailing to:
- 4746 Moran Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82009
- OR by depositing a donation at the Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union
under the account name: Friendship Playground Fund
For more information on the project, visit the main website
, email Friendship Playground Fund
, or call (307)275-2917.
Friendship Playground Fund volunteers include; Eric and Monica Puente,
Casey Palma, Jennifer Davis, Danelle Medina, Heather Lennox, Scott VanHorn,
Tammy Schlagel, John Ridge, and Douglas Shope.
*Feature photo: Cheyenne community members gather with the generous
donation from HollyFrontier for the Friendship Playground Fund.