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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Legacy Foundation reaches funding goal, supports nature playground

The Westminster Legacy Foundation on Dec. 10 presented a check for $200,000 to the Westminster City Council in support of the innovative nature playground that will be built at Westminster Station Park.

Approximately two years ago, the Foundation decided to take action and help raise funds for the new nature playground after the Board of Directors were made aware of a startling new trend among youth in the United States: that the average American child spends more than 7 hours a day in front of a screen. Screen time can negatively impact kids’ cognitive development, but nature playgrounds can help combat that and have been proven to positively impact gross motor function, fine motor skills, imagination, and social skills, all at the same time. 

The nature playground is slated to be completed in early fall 2019 and is part of a multi-million dollar investment in the area surrounding Westminster Station Park, the location of the B-Line train to Union Station.

The $200,000 donated by the Westminster Legacy Foundation signifies a landmark for the Foundation: the Westminster Legacy Foundation has now donated more than $1 million back to the community since its founding in 2001. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges support for the nature playground from these sources: Cardel Homes, the Adams County Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, City of Westminster Parks, Recreation, Libraries and Open Space Advisory Board, Opus Foundation, Anonymous, Elevations Foundation, Inc., Keep Westminster Strong, American Junior Golf Foundation, Xcel Energy, 1st Bank, Vectra Bank Colorado and the Happy Transplants Garden Club.

The Westminster Legacy Foundation connects people who care with causes that enrich our community. Founded in 2001 by then-Westminster Mayor Nancy Heil, the Foundation has donated more than $833,000 back to the community and has led fundraising efforts for the Armed Forces Tribute Garden, Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, and the Nature Playground at Westminster Station Park. The Foundation works to fill funding gaps for needs in our community that would not otherwise be met in the areas of: Basic Needs, Conservation and Arts and Culture. To learn more about the Foundation or to make a donation to support your community, visit westyfoundation.org.

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