Endowment Helps Fund Additional Playgrounds

DUBOIS COUNTY (Local Sources) – A recently established endowment to improve playgrounds in unincorporated towns in Dubois County has granted to two additional communities.

Ireland and Celestine are the latest recipients of funding from the C.J. Gehlhausen Endowment.

The town of Ireland’s playground, located at Ireland Elementary, will be enhanced, including adding handicap accessible equipment.

“The school playground is heavily utilized by the community, including outside school hours,” said Kim Gunderson, Ireland PTO. “Especially throughout the summer, the busy ball fields make it a great place for children to play.”

The Celestine Park will also see additions to their playground including a bridge to connect new and existing equipment and overall, improve playground access.

“The Park Board is grateful for this grant,” said Donnie Sander, project organizer. “This funding allowed us to upgrade playground equipment in our park so our children have a safe and enjoyable place to play,” he said.

The C.J. Gehlhausen Endowment was established last October through an estate gift. Dubois Ruritan Club received the first grant last December for a playground at Dubois Community Park which is set to be ready for community use this summer.

To date, approximately $90,000 in grants have been made from the C.J. Gehlhausen Endowment. Future playground projects from this endowment will be selected based on a grant application process from unincorporated towns and partnering agencies dedicated to maintaining the playgrounds.

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