Crowdfunding campaign launched for “River Ramble Natural PlayScape” project

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY – St. Joseph County residents may soon be able to enjoy a new natural playscape at St. Patrick’s Park in South Bend if a new crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal to raise $50,000 by November 21st. The campaign, led by St. Joseph County Parks, is using the CreatINg Places program sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

If the campaign reaches its goal, the ‘River Ramble Natural PlayScape‘ project will receive a matching grant of $50,000 from IHCDA.

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“The River Ramble project in South Bend is truly an extraordinary project designed to provide learning through play for children of all abilities,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch who serves as board chair for IHCDA. “Once completed, this project will provide an excellent place for families to spend time together in St. Joseph County.“

The funds raised will be used to transform an empty 1.5-acre greenspace and create a natural playscape allowing children to safely explore nature, while learning about the St. Joseph River, a significant natural resource in St. Joseph County.

“Different from traditional playgrounds, the River Ramble is designed for unstructured play and will incorporate rocks, logs, sand and water to create a unique play area for children,” said Evelyn Kirkwood, Director of St. Joseph County Parks. “It will be a place where they can dig, build, climb, pump water and more.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016 and its projects have raised in excess of $3 million in public funds with an additional $2.4 million in matching IHCDA funds.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.


IHCDA, chaired by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, provides housing opportunities, promotes self-sufficiency and strengthens communities in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. For more information, visit or

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