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Funding Campaign For New Brown Co. Skate Park Reaches Goal

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Youth leader Isaiah Smith and his mother Colleen Smith aimed to raise a total of $50,000 in 60 days to receive a matching grant for the project. (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

After two months of fundraising, a youth-led effort to bring a new skate park to Brown County met its goal.

A local youth organization called Kids On Wheels organized the campaign, because it saw a need for more public recreation spaces for teens.

Youth leader Isaiah Smith and his mother Colleen Smith aimed to raise a total of $50,000 in 60 days to receive a matching grant for the project.

With the help of community donations and charity pledges, Colleen says they reached their goal nearly two weeks ahead of their deadline.

“We’re all pretty excited," she says. "It was nerve-wracking going into the grant thinking we had to raise 50,000 dollars in 60 days but honestly the community has just been so supportive.”

Colleen says they hope to raise additional money to make the park handicap accessible.

She says construction on the project, which is slated for Deer Run Park in Nashville, will begin next spring.

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