FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2011
Oregon Disabilities Project Receives Carpenter Foundation Grant
May 4, 2011- Grants Pass: The Disabilities Recreation Project was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from The Ben B. Cheney Foundation. This grant will go directly towards the development currently underway at the Expo Pond Project in Central Point. “The Cheney Foundation saw the tremendous value in our project, and we’re very grateful for their generous contribution.” said Richard Anderson, President of the Board of Directors.
The Disabilities Recreation Project is non-profit organization that was formed in May 2002. The volunteer board and crew have been working to improve access to our parks. This includes picnic areas with wheelchair accessible tables, access for fishing, and the paving of pathways. Our goal is to provide access to the outdoors for those with disabilities. Disabilities Recreation Project is working very closely with Jackson County Parks and Recreation, with Expo Fairgrounds, and with many other agencies to plan, organize and complete projects that will richly benefit seniors and people with disabilities.
The Disabilities Recreation Project expects to add about $3.5 million in amenities over the next three or more years to the expo area with no government assistance. The project thrives solely on donated funds, materials, and labor.
The final project will consist of 11 fishing platforms on two ponds. A 120-foot pier will be built at the south pond which will be home to about 6,000 fish. The project will eventually tie into the Bear Creek Greenway.
For more project information visit www.drpinc.org