Help us Build the Playground!

FSP is pleased to launch the public phase of our capital campaign to support the inclusive playground being planned for Stewart Park. Over 1.5 million has been raised so far, thanks to the City of Ithaca and numerous private donors. This sets us well on our way towards our goal, but we still need the communities support, and with the Community Build coming in September, costs can be expected to rise.  Please consider giving a gift today to help us cross the finish line!


Playground Cost Estimate

Construction: $1,500,000
Design and permitting (12% of playground cost): $180,000
TOTAL COST: $1,680,000


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cost breakdown

State Funding

Through Friends of Stewart Park’s efforts and commitment, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton has nominated the City of Ithaca for $1,000,000 in New York State funding. FSP has undertaken this Capital Campaign to raise the $680,000 balance needed to build the inclusive playground we envision for the park which includes a new splash pad and new accessible bathrooms.

The City has indicated its willingness to create a capital project for $1,000,000 to front the funding from NYS, since this is a reimbursement grant that requires the City to spend the funding first, then be reimbursed by New York State.

Private Funding Sources

Friends of Stewart Park has undertaken a capital project to raise the $680,000 balance needed to complete the playground as planned.  We are inviting the participation of local and regional foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals.  To date we have raised $472,502 in pledges and contributions.


Thank you to these generous playground supporters:


$50,000 - $100,000
Park Foundation | Anonymous Family Foundation

$25,000 - $30,000
Elmira Savings Bank | Sarah & Stephen Wicker | Cornell University | Wegmans |Tompkins Trust Company | Diana Riesman & Fred Cowett

$15,000 - $20,000
Nicky & Rick Falck | Legacy Foundation | Anonymous Family Foundation

$5,000 - $10,000
Terry & Jim Byrnes | CFCU Community Credit Union | Mary & Bradley Grainger | Anonymous | Miller Mayer LLP | Fran Littin & Chuck Tauck | Meloney & David McMurry | Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund | Margaret McDougall | Volunteer