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Ford Foundation program helps fund playground at trailhead

Organizations in Boring partner to reach $65,000 fundraising goal

Two local foundations have raised more than $10,000 to help purchase and install playground equipment in the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park, a committee of the Boring-Damascus Grange, has been raising money for three years to install a playground in the park, located just off of Highway 212 at the end of the Springwater Trail.

“This check today puts us over the top of the $65,000 goal that was established two and a half years ago,” said Marlin Marsh, Boring-Damascus Grange master.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Boring, Oregon Foundation secretary Steve Bates and Ford Institute Leadership Program member Jim Syring present a check to Boring-Damascus Grange Master Marlin Marsh.

The Ford Family Foundation’s Damascus-Boring leadership group was tasked with raising money to benefit the park and help the Friends committee reach their goal.

“The (group) was given an assignment to raise $5,000 or more and the Ford Family Foundation would match the amount up to $5,000,” said Jim Syring, representing the group. “Our cohort raised $5,597 and with the Ford Family Foundation grant match, we have presented a check to the Boring-Damascus Grange park committee for $10,597.”

The nonprofit Boring, Oregon Foundation partnered with the Ford Institute group to meet requirements for the matching grant. While the foundation is primarily focused on raising money for the creation of a community center, secretary Steve Bates said the organization was happy to help.

“The foundation board of directors is always looking for opportunities to assist with Boring community projects,” he said.

The new playground equipment for the Boring Station Trailhead Park is expected to be installed in March or April.