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

Public 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