The park is the future Madison Place Playground that is to be built at the Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury.
However, I must issue this correction because of Clinton Gridley, the City Administrator for Woodbury. He told me in a April 24th letter the fund raiser was short $130,000 and just three sentences later (below) stated they were getting "a minimum of $200,000 over a three year period"
This is my response to him and the city council of Woodbury is below. I wish the Madison Claire Foundation the best; however I still maintain that charity like this is not a core function of government and should best be kept in the private sector.
Hello, Mr. Gridley
" While the Madison Claire Foundation would likely accept state funding if it were offered, it is focusing its efforts on privately raising the funds to construct the playground. The group has generated significant momentum coming of its partnership with Special Olympics and the first annual Woodbury Polar Plunge held at Carver Lake. This event raised more money and had more participants than any other first year Polar Plunge in Minnesota and the Special Olympics' commitment to the Madison's Place project is a minimum of $200,000 over a three-year period. "
I may have went to public school, but I can do basic math:
Short Fall of $130,000 + $200,000 over three years from polar plunge = +$70,000 over goal
I wrote my article entertaining the assumption one could count the $200,000 and convinced Senator Housley to remove her name from the $189,000 bill. She said she talked to you before removing her name... Either you didn't convince her or perhaps my point about state tax dollars should not be used to hijack private fund raising efforts struck a common sense cord... good intentions or not. It's a slippery slope, not to mention one that is ripe to ruin the hard work of private fundraising efforts. Who's going to donate to Madison Claire Foundation if they hear about this bill?
I'm ashamed that I have to write a correction story because of what appears to be a repeated trend of assumptions. I hope the best for the Madison Claire Foundation. The fact they haven't mentioned the bill and also lobbied to have it supported is another indication they may not be proud of the potential ill gotten gains (when it comes to private fundraising efforts).