A recently launched
crowdfunding campaign will be used to partially fund the boxcar restroom
project in Thomas Centennial Park.
sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity, will
be managed by the Town of Chesterton
on a number of different forms,” Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch said in a
statement released by HCDA. “But the fundamental purpose of placemaking is
to take existing assets within the community and make them places where
people want to be. Taking an old railcar and transforming it into a much
needed public amenity is a very creative idea.”
If the campaign
reaches its $31,000 goal by April 20, the restroom project will receive a
matching grant of $31,000 from IHCDA's CreatINg Places program.
The funding raised
during this campaign will help the Town of Chesterton turn an old railroad
boxcar into a public restroom facility in Thomas Centennial Park and a 1950s
caboose into a cooling/warming station and activity car. To complete this
unique project, the town will also install a drinking fountain, landscaping,
security lighting, and video cameras around the railcars. Both cars will be
placed adjacent to the historic New York Central passenger depot, now the
home of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.
“The Town of
Chesterton, along with the Parks & Recreation Board, is excited to be
approved to participate in the IHCDA crowdgranting program for our very
unique project,” Chesterton Park Board Member Candy Tucker said. “This
project will provide a much needed amenity in the heart of Chesterton’s
historic downtown, and will enhance the use of Thomas Centennial Park. We
hope that the community agrees and supports the town’s efforts to make these
thoughtfully designed railcars comfortable, clean, and accessible.”
Since the CreatINg
Places program began last fall, projects have raised in excess of $1,235,000
in public funds and an additional $991,500 in matching IHCDA funds.
The CreatINg Places
program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit
entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are
eligible to apply.
must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient
will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise
$5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to
$50,000 per project.