Replace Red Oak Playground in Rock Cut State Park

$2,920 of $68,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 3 months
Red Oak playground in Rock Cut State Park needs our help!

Last summer, my children and I visited over 40 parks and playgrounds in the Rockford area. We profiled these playgrounds on StatelineKids.com to encourage other families to get outside and enjoy the resources in our community.

On our travels, we stopped by Rock Cut State Park. There are two playgrounds located within the park, Puri Crest and Red Oak.

Red Oak playground is located near the beautiful Pierce Lake. There’s a gorgeous view surrounding the playground and the area is a wonderful place to have a picnic or rent the spot for a family gathering.

I was so saddened to see Red Oak playground in its current state. The playground is nearly 20 years old and in terrible condition. It is dangerous and damaged beyond repair. There are broken pieces of equipment, sharp plastic edges sticking out, rusted metal platforms with holes, and dangling chains where swings should be. The playground has been deteriorating for the past three years and will not be replaced or repaired without the help of our community.

Here are some images of the playground in its current condition:

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Our goal is to get Red Oak playground removed and replaced in 2019, but in order to do that, we need your help! We want to provide a safe and fun playground that complements the natural beauty of Rock Cut State Park.

We need your donations! We want to make Red Oak playground a destination that people not only want to visit, but come to Rock Cut State Park specifically to use. We are looking for corporate sponsors as well as individuals who feel compelled to make a positive difference in the lives of Stateline area children and families! Those who donate $1000 or more will be listed on a sign at the playground’s entrance. Corporations or individuals can sponsor components of the playground such as swings, slides, and climbing equipment.

Here is an image of what the new playground would look like:

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We need your time and talents! Do you have experience with a project like this? Can you organize a fundraiser, post about this social media, contact local news media, plan events, organize volunteer efforts or any other means of helping? Contact us for more information.

We need your help building the playground! Once we have the donations, we will have a community build to get the playground set up. We will need approximately 20-30 people to help. 

The Stateline Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Winnebago, Boone, and Rock counties. All donations are tax deductible.

Checks can be mailed to Stateline Foundation:

Stateline Foundation
PO Box 963
Roscoe, IL
61073

To stay connected with the progress of this project, please join our email list here. 

Estimated build date: Summer/Fall 2019
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Red Oak Playground Fundraiser Update #2

On Thursday, May 30th, the damaged playground was removed! Local charitable organization Kids Around the World removed the equipment and will reuse any salvageable materials in a playground in a developing country. The City of Loves Park removed remaining buried concrete and debris. Both groups donated their time and energy to this project and we are so appreciative! The area is now safe and ready for a new playground when we reach our fundraising goal.

Speaking of fundraising goals, we are currently at $3,000. Thank you to all who have donated thus far. We are now looking for local corporations and businesses to make larger donations. If you have contacts at any local companies, please respond and pass them along.

Current and Upcoming Fundraising Events:

Dolphin Swim Club is collecting funds for the project at their Loves Park location. If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser or placing a donation container in your business, please let us know!

If you have any questions, please let me know!
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For those interested, here is a cost breakdown of the project. These numbers are based on the playground design you see in the image.

The Stateline Foundation is a registered 501c3 charitable organization and all donations are tax deductable.

- $58,000 for materials, equipment including all structures, poles, platforms, slides, balance beam, ladders, 1-ton rock climbing wall, A-frame swing set, and swings. Each piece of commercial playground equipment costs between $1,000-$5,000. This cost is based on the components you see in the image above. Should we not meet this fundraising goal, there are two other options for smaller playgrounds ranging between $35,000 - $40,000 (materials only).

- $10,000- $15,000 for rubber flooring (preferred material used in all state park playgrounds going forward). Rubber flooring requires digging, grading, laying a concrete base then installing rubber flooring.

- $1,000- $2,500 for a licensed contractor to assist with the volunteer build. Cost varies depending on how many days the build takes.

- $1,000 for any additional supplies and expenses.
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Wow, we've already raised $1,000! Thank you so much for your support and contributions!

Here's a timeline of this project:

From April - August, we will focus on fundraising for this project!

How can you help?

- Donate to the campaign
- Share the campaign
- Organize or host a fundraiser
- Put a change jar in your office or classroom with this signage: https://statelinekids.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Red-Oak-Playground-Fundraiser.pdf
- Share connections with local businesses and potential sponsors
- Get your kids involved with lemonade stands or bake sales

If you have any other ideas, please let us know!
We appreciate all of your support! We can make this dream happen!
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$2,920 of $68,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 3 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Stateline Foundation
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Roscoe, IL
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