Children's Garden and Play space

Applicant Name

Matthew Powers

Applicant Organization

Woodstock History Center

Phone Number

1-802-457-1822

Mailing Address

26 Elm Street

Woodstock

VT

05091

Organization Website

Grant Request Summary

The Woodstock History Center will develop a new outdoor space that aims to enhance young children’s discovery and imagination. This new project will consist of a new children’s garden, miniature barn, and play space on the back lawn of the Woodstock History Center.

Project Budget

$20,000 - $24,999

Desired Grant Amount

$10,000 - $14,999

Other Funding Sources

We have already received funding from the Woodstock Garden Club and the LISWHIT Foundation. The WHC will also contribute regular budgeted monies towards this project.

Project Timeframe

Spring 2022-late fall 2022

How will this project benefit the economic and community development of Woodstock?

Nowadays, children spend considerably less time outdoors. Museums are
uniquely positioned to provide an antidote to this problem. Families look for
quality opportunities to spend together, often expressing an interest to
simultaneously learn and be entertained. Museums that look beyond their
buildings’ walls can create safe, stimulating, and exciting outdoor discovery
areas.

The Woodstock History Center has made great strides in recent years to make
our outdoor space more inviting and beautiful. We encourage both the young
and young-hearted to explore and use our property. Our space is perfect for
gatherings (such as our Old Time Fair), learning, and contemplation.

Thousands of people visit our property every year, specifically young families. We feel that a play space geared to young children will engage a growing population of our community and create opportunities for discovery and creativity within this unique place.

Which EDC Working Grouop Objectives does your project best support?

Downtown Physical Rejuvenation (Improving facilities and public spaces in the downtown area), Other

Other Objectives

Community engagement

Project Collaborations

The organizations from whom we have received grants in support of this project.

Additional Comments

We believe that this garden and play space will become a signature feature in
our village. There are no other “public” spaces that have a garden such as this.
This space will also be used as part of one of our major events, the Old Time
Fair (which will be relaunched in 2022), which involves multiple generations of community members as well as local students and organizations.