GSLF Awards $5,000 Grant to Community Playground

The Greater Sitka Legacy Fund (GSLF) recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Sitka Community Playground scheduled for construction at Crescent Harbor in early 2018. The playground will be the only recreational facility in Sitka accessible to children with disabilities. It is designed to promote inclusive, intergenerational play.

“Our organization was created to support initiatives that benefit Sitka, and the playground is a perfect example of a project with broad community support,” said Trish White, former Chair of the Greater Sitka Legacy Fund. “Our board voted unanimously to donate funds that we received from Rasmuson Foundation to help make the community playground a reality this year.” The $5,000 grant represents the largest commitment of funds that GSLF has made since it was established in 2013.

“We are so pleased to receive this donation from the Greater Sitka Legacy Fund,” said Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Assistant Director of SAIL. “The gift is another great example of the generosity of this community, and of how we work together to make Sitka a wonderful place to live for all of our residents. We’re grateful to the Greater Sitka Legacy Fund, and happy to be a little closer to achieving our fundraising goal.”

The Sitka Community Playground is being constructed by Southeast Alaska Independent Living in partnership with the City and Borough of Sitka. To date, SAIL has raised close to $350,000 in cash and in-kind donations to support the project. Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.