AMESBURY — For the last eight weeks, Amesbury's Park Renovation Committee has raised almost $500 a day. The committee's mission is to fund the renovation of the playground at Amesbury Town Park, a project budgeted at $180,000. The summer fundraising is off to a strong start, thanks to the support of local businesses and organizations.

This spring, the committee applied for and received grants from three community organizations: $10,000 from the Newburyport Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, $5,000 from the Provident Community Foundation and $6,000 from the Newburyport Mothers Club. Amesbury Health Care Charitable Trust surprised board members with an unsolicited donation of $2,000.

Local businesses have partnered with PRC to raise an additional $3,750: Amesbury Girl Scout Troop 60501 ran a yard sale and raised more than $2,500. Other events included a kids' cut-a-thon at Salon Aniu, fitness classes with Incite Fitness and the Hoppin' Mud Puddle Kids' Run with Heat Events.

"Local businesses and organizations really care about contributing to this effort," said PRC board member Sarah Chapman. "We are really excited about the improvements to the park, and the support and generosity of our donors makes it all possible."

Having raised a total of $42,000, the PRC needs to raise an additional $140,000 to meet their goal. Through their Buy-a-Brick program, individuals or businesses can purchase engraved bricks that will be installed as part of the renovation. Two flagship events are coming up in the fall: The Kids' Carnival on Sept. 10 and the annual Oktoberfest at the Ale House on Oct. 3.

The Park Renovation Committee is a subcommittee of the Amesbury Improvement Association, a 501(c)3 organization. The committee's mission is to design, fund and build a safe and accessible community playground where children and adults can come together to learn and grow.

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