Friends of Franklin Parks Receives $2,500 Grant For Inclusive Playground

Franklin Parks Grant

Barge Design Solutions Inc., Community Fund awarded Friends of Franklin Parks (FOFP) with one of their 2019 fall grants. FOFP works closely with the City of Franklin and the Franklin Parks department to identify needs in their system of sixteen parks and connect the community to opportunities through these natural and historic resources.

Barge’s grant will help the organization kickstart fundraising for an inclusive playground at the City’s Southeast Municipal Complex. The City of Franklin will be funding the infrastructure and supporting structures, and FOFP, along with other community partners, will be raising funds to cover the purchase of the inclusive playground equipment. This playground will be the only of its kind in the City of Franklin park system.

Paula Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, nominated the organization for this grant.

Barge Design Solutions, Inc., is committed to caring for the communities they live, work, and serve in. The Community Fund was established to support these efforts and intentionally foster the inherent spirit of generosity across the company and employees.
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Pictured Above: Paula Harris, Barge’s Chief Marketing Officer, presents the Community Fund check to City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks employees. From left to right: Jennifer Salyer (Barge Design Solutions, Project Manager), Lisa Clayton (City of Franklin Parks, Director), Hamilton Bowman (Friends of Franklin Parks, Board Member), Torrey Barnhill (Friends of Franklin Parks, Executive Director), Brandy Blanton (City of Franklin, Alderman), Paula Harris (Barge Design Solutions, Chief Marketing Officer).