Trustees Getting Closer to Fundraising Goal to Build Bird Park’s New Community Playground Structure

Contact Information

Bird Park Media Contact:

Josh Hasenfus, Property Manager
The Trustees of Reservations
508.668.6136
jhasenfus@ttor.org

Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation organization, today announced they are getting closer to their fundraising goal of $35,000 to build a new playground structure for the community to enjoy at Bird Park.  Last year The Trustees removed the old playground structure from the park for structural and safety reasons. The new “green” environmentally friendly structure will be built out of 95% recycled plastic, serving as a tot-lot for children ages two to six with additional structures added for five to 12 year olds.

Thanks to the instrumental support of and many events already organized by the Friends of Bird Park, community partners and sponsors, and a great response to The Trustees family membership/donation campaign, The Trustees have already raised $21,000 toward the playground replacement. But, continued community support is still needed to raise $14,000 in additional funds.   

Please consider supporting the following fundraising programs and upcoming events to help Bird Park meet its final goal and plans to order and install the new structure before summers end!

Through the end of May: Valet Cleaners Sales Promotion
As Walpole resident's and patrons of Bird Park, Valet Cleaners has been donating a portion of its profits through the months of April and May towards the playground replacement project.  For cleaning orders between $15 and $25, Valet Cleaners is donating $5 to the new playground.  For orders between $30 and $40, they are donating $8.  for orders over $50, $10 will be donated to the playground fun.  Interested patrons have the opportunity to help this effort and get their clothes/household items cleaned with no extra cost at the same time. To place an order call (508) 505-7608 or visit Valet Cleaners online at www.DeliveryDryCleaner.com.

Portraits for the Park – Saturday, June 4th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM (Rain Date June 5th)
Sponsored by popular portrait photographer Leslie Browne, The Trustees are offering families a wonderful opportunity at a spectacular price to have their portrait taken at Bird Park.  For only $60, families will receive the One-Pose Portrait Package including 1 8x10, 2 5x7 and 4 wallet size photographs, a $XX value.  XX% of the proceeds from the portraits will be donated to the Bird Park playground fundraising campaign.  To schedule a session or with specific questions, please call Josh Hasenfus at 508.686.6136.  To learn more about Leslie Brown photography, visit www.LesleyBrownePhotography.com.

First Annual Walpole Yard Sale Day and Concert – Saturday, June 18th (Yard Sale from 9AM – 1PM, Concert from 5-7:30 PM)
The Friends of Francis William Bird Park are excited to announce their sponsorship of The First Annual “Walpole Yard Sale Day and Concert” to benefit the Bird Park Playground Project. The Friends are encouraging community members to join fellow Walpole neighbors in doing some spring cleaning and holding an individual or multi-family yard sale and donating the profits, or a portion of the profits, to Bird Park. Afterwards, The Friends invite community members to come celebrate at Bird Park with a free concert featuring The Balou Brothers Band. To help advertise your yard individual or group sale, a map and list of all event participants’ addresses will be posted on the Bird Park website.  To participate, please contact Josh Hasenfus, 508-668-6136 or jhasenfus@ttor.org. The Friends of Francis William Bird Park are a nonprofit organization and all donations are fully tax deductable.  Tax certificates and/or receipts for cash donations are available upon request.

Southern BBQ and Ice Cream Social – Saturday, June 25th from 1-6:30 PM
Kick off summer vacation and join The Trustees at Bird Park for a southern BBQ hosted by A Little Something… and TheBigFoodie.com and Ice Cream Social!  The BBQ will feature southern-style ribs, chicken, cornbread, chili, hot dogs, and more.  Live music will also be featured.  Advance tickets are available by visiting A Little Something… at http://www.alittlesomethingonline.com/. Tickets are $8 for children (12 and under) and $15 for adults.  All proceeds from the BBQ will benefit the Bird Park Playground Project and Fisher House Boston.

Bird Park’s annual, back by popular demand Ice Cream Social will immediately follow the BBQ event from 4:00- 6:30 PM. Gather your family and friends, meet your neighbors and enjoy FREE ice cream sundaes.  Children’s games and live music will be enjoyed by all ages.  It is a great way to kick-off the beginning of summer vacation.  For more information, contact Josh Hasenfus, 508-668-6136 or jhasenfus@ttor.org.

Ongoing through the end of the Fundraiser:  Trustees Membership Donation Campaign
As a thank-you to Bird Park supporters, all donations of $50 or more to the Bird Park Children’s Playground Fund will receive a one-year Family-Level Membership (a $67 value) to The Trustees of Reservations. The Family Membership is good for free or reduced admission to all 105 Trustees properties, plus free or reduced admission to special events, programs and Trustees two beautiful Bed & Breakfasts.  To sign up, visit XXX (need correct link; not there on the website.)

“We are hoping these worthwhile and fun programs and events will help to rally additional support for this important project so that we can meet our fundraising goals and put the structure in place in time for the community to enjoy it this summer,” says Steve Sloan, The Trustees’ Regional Director for the Greater Boston Region.

To date, events that have already been held to support the fundraising effort include: Trippin the 60’s concert featuring Barry McGuire and John York, organized and sponsored by Victory Assembly of God church in Sharon; Holiday Shopping Spree, hosted by the Junior Women’s Club of Walpole; and Friendly’s Night Out, hosted by Mom’s Club.  The Trustees would like to thank these organizers and sponsors again for their efforts.

To download your copy of the “Bird Park Children’s playground Fund” membership form, visit www.thetrustees.org/birdpark. If you are interested in assisting with the playground project, please contact the Bird Park office at 508.668.6136 or jhasenfus@ttor.org.

About Bird Park
Francis William Bird Park is a historic landscape park located in East Walpole that is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. The park was created in 1925 by the Bird family of Walpole. Noted landscape architect and town planner John Nolen designed the park to provide Walpole residents with a place for relaxation. The park features three miles of walking paths that wind throughout the park and over a series of interesting bridges. Visitors also enjoy grassy meadows, mature shade trees, tree groves, and ponds. The Trustees also offer numerous recreational and educational programs throughout the year at the park.

More about the Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 105 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.

All of The Trustees’ reservations are open for the public to enjoy and most are free to Trustees members. The properties range from working farms and historic homesteads, to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, and mountain vistas. Several of The Trustees’ reservations are National Historic Landmarks and three have state-of-the-art green buildings.

The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth.
One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, donor or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org.