St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
BYO Recreation worked with the MOMS Club of Fayetteville, Ga. throughout 2012 to recreate a safer play environment at Church Street Park for the children in their community.
The local chapter of the non-profit support group for stay-at-home and working moms regularly performs service projects throughout their community; the Church Street Park Project being their largest to date.
According to Sara Van Etten-Athey, Co-Chair of the Church Street Park Project, the rusty, dangerous equipment of the only public playground in Fayetteville created a need that had to be addressed. The group began working with the city for the removal of the equipment at Church Street Park and planning for new equipment.
In their online search for playground equipment and quotes, BYO Recreation’s playground specialist Chris Woodward began to work with Van Etten-Athey.
“BYO was great; Chris Woodward was, in fact, the only sales representative who answered my initial online requests for quotes,” said Van Etten-Athey. “I can only assume that other companies saw that we were a MOMS club with a small budget and a three year goal, and simply dismissed us as unworthy of their time. Chris contacted us the next day and gave us as much attention as he would have a far larger project.
“We were actually contacted by a playground company that had local representatives a few months later and for a minute we considered staying local, but the outstanding level of customer service from Chris and BYO kept our business,” said Van Etten-Athey.
Working with Woodward, the group learned about BYO Recreation’s $1 Million Create Play Fund. The promotion saved them half off the Caterpillar Crawl playground structure, enabling them to purchase swings, a Village Shop Early Childhood Playground Equipment piece, as well as safety surfacing—100 cubic yards of mulch and border timbers.
The MOMS Club of Fayetteville, with the help of their community, raised around $20,000 for the project through local fundraisers.
“When Chris got us the information about Create Play, it caused us to really step up our game. We knew we would never be able to get a $16,000 piece of equipment at half off anywhere else,” said Van Etten-Athey. “Thanks to BYO and the generous support of our community, what we had planned as a two to three year project, only took us four months.”
Church Street Park has already seen an increase in traffic since the installation of the new playground equipment. Not only has the playground created a more walkable downtown area and given children in the area a safer place to play, according to Van Etten-Athey and the MOMS Club, it has given the children a feeling that they are cared about by their community.
The MOMS Club continues to fundraise for projects that will benefit the community. Their next goal is a new basketball court for Church Street Park. Visit http://www.facebook.com/ChurchStreetPark to learn more about the MOMS Club of Fayetteville.
For more information about BYO Recreation, visit http://www.byoplayground.com.
About BYO Recreation
Headquartered in St. Augustine, FL, BYO Recreation is one of the most comprehensive and fastest growing recreational equipment suppliers in the world. Since 1999, the company has helped thousands of schools, churches and communities create recreational spaces that are truly Beyond Your Ordinary. For additional information about BYO Recreation, visit http://www.byoplayground.com.