(photo courtesy of Missoula Parks and Recreation)
A $1 million gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation helped to put a cherry on top of an over $2 million project to help complete the Westside Park Playground project.
Recreation Programs Manager for Missoula Parks and Recreation, Meg Whicher told KGVO about the gift that was presented on Saturday afternoon by Mike Halligan, representing the Washington Foundation.
“We were nearing our fundraising goal for the playground and for opening the Neighborhood Center and then the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation came through with that $1 million award and we were pretty excited,” said Whicher. “Then the Giuliani family came along pretty much at the same time that really just pushed us up towards the final stages of the fundraising for the playground, so we’re really hoping a year from now there’s going to be a brand new playground there.”
Whicher said the Westside Park and Playground serves hundreds of families, in addition to an elementary school.
“The Westside Playground is the only playground in town that’s actually a shared space,” she said. “It’s the Lowell Elementary School playground as well as a city park, and that’s really rare Missoula. That’s the