Madison’s first Tot Lot in need of funding

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Madison’s “littlest residents” may be getting a playground built just for them in the near future. Madison City leaders are working on plans to build a “Model Tot Lot,” a recreation park just for young children, ages 6 and below. The first one is being planned for White Hall Street.  The land and design plans are already complete, now the project just needs funding before the tot lot can become a reality.

“We hope to encourage your support for the next community investment–a Model Tot Lot,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, who is orchestrating a fundraiser for the project.

“Young mothers and other caregivers asked for the City to consider smaller playgrounds for our littlest residents to be able to play outside on equipment intended for toddlers and children under six-years-old.”

According to Perriman, a neighborhood group suggested the first tot lot be named after Marie Bass Martin, a long-time educator and community leader. Each of the tot lots to be built will have a different theme. Since the first one will be named after Marie Bass Martin, the theme will be education, said Perriman.

“Located right next to the St. Paul AME’s Child Education Center, an education-themed playground is a lovely apt tribute to Ms. Martin,” said Perriman. The tot lot will feature an imaginative play schoolhouse, two “ABC-XTZ” swing sets, tiny school bus spring rockers, and a surrounding track to accommodate big wheels, scooters, and strollers.

Love Thy Neighbor, a local neighborhood group is overseeing the fundraiser for the new tot lot from July to October. An anonymous donor has agreed to match every dollar raised by the local residents to improve their own area.

Judy Thomas is the primary contact person for the fundraiser. Councilwomen Carrie Peters Reid and Chris Hodges are also involved in the project.

“Carrie, Chris and I wanted to write a letter encouraging you to support your fellow residents’ efforts to improve your neighborhood,” said Perriman. “The City will also be providing some funding for the Tot Lot, but it is very important for your neighborhood to express support for the community improvements in your area. Please think of giving a little to help leverage a lot–a Tot Lot.”

Perriman also recommends attending DURA (Downtown Urban Redevelopment Areas) meetings this year to become better involved in the improvements in the City of Madison.

For more information you can contact Mayor Perriman at (706) 342-1251 ext. 318 or email fperriman@madisonga.com. To donate to the Tot Lot fund contact Judy Thomas at (706) 752-1842 or Sara Awyer at (706) 319-0107.

Donations can also be mailed to Love Thy Neighbor at P.O. Box 162 Madison, Georgia 30650.

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