Giving back to our community in the areas where we work and live has always been a priority at Eureka Midstream.
In January, 2019 Eureka donated $10,000 to help build the Northwest Territory Community Playground in Marietta, Ohio. As noted by community leaders, the new playground will replace 30-year old equipment and provide a fun, safe place for children, youth and other community members.
Studies show a park and playground is an opportunity to bring the community together, and are known to have economic, health and social benefits.
Marcia Stewart, head of the fundraising committee, was thrilled when she received a check this week. She has been fundraising since last year, seeking donations from local businesses, oil and gas companies, and residents. She quoted, “We’re building a playground, one brick at a time. We are taking donations and selling bricks with personal inscriptions from donors. Furthermore, we are not simply relying on donations, we are applying for a matching grant from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources. I am confident that we will meet our goal.”
The playground is located next to the Washington County Public Library and across the street from an elementary school. New features include a walking path, synthetic turf soccer field, inclusive playground equipment, a basketball court, new fencing, lights, and tiered landscaping.
Renovations will start on Memorial Day of 2019, with volunteers clearing the existing structures. If anyone at Eureka Midstream would like to be involved in this effort, please contact Charlene Dickerson. The park is expected to be complete and open in late summer.
Chris Akers, President of Eureka Midstream commented, “Eureka has been a part of the Marietta community for a long time. We feel this is a good opportunity to make a lasting impact, while at the same time, give the children a place to socialize with physical and mental activity, while in a safe environment.”
To read more about the playground, click here.