Fayetteville MOMS take on park renovation project



The MOMS Club of Fayetteville has taken on a project set to help renovate the playground at the Church Street Park near downtown Fayetteville. Adding to the initiative and as a way of enhancing community awareness of the Church Street Park Project the moms hosted an Easter Egg hunt at the park on March 30.
Fayetteville MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) spokesperson Sara Van Etten said the Fayetteville group is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club, a non-profit organization supported stay-at-home and working mothers.
“We offer socialization and support for moms and kids, as well as performing service projects within our local communities,” Van Etten said.
Van Etten said the idea behind the Church Street Park Project is to help with needed renovations. Working with the city, Van Etten said the local organization hopes to raise $20,000 for the project. 
Van Etten said planned improvements include installing a 4-bay swing set with two belt swings and two handicapped accessible swings which can also be used by toddlers; creating a toddler-friendly area, the only toddler-specific play area in the city, so the smallest members of the community have a safe place to play; installing a new ADA-compliant, multi-use play structure for children ages 2-12 with a 25 child capacity; improving the city’s only public basketball court; adding picnic tables and trash receptacles to create a shaded picnic area under the existing pavilion; and improving parking and accessibility to park amenities. 
The MOMS Club of Fayetteville currently has 31 members. The goals may seem lofty but these moms mean business.
“We began fund-raising only one week ago and are rapidly approaching the $1,000 mark, so we feel this goal is definitely attainable,” Van Etten said. “The removal of the only existing piece of equipment is already planned, so the MOMS Club feels a need to achieve this goal as quickly as possible. We would also like to take advantage of a discount of over $8,000 that is being offered to us by BYO Playgrounds, an equipment supplier, through the end of May.” 
 Donations to help the Fayetteville MOMS with the park project can be made at the Fayetteville Main Street office at the old train depot located at 250 East Lanier Avenue or mailed to MOMS Club of Fayetteville, P.O. Box 143472, Fayetteville GA 30214-3472. 
The MOMS are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/churchstreetpark.
Those moms interested in joining the group and residing in the 30214 or 30215 zip codes can contact the local group at fayettevillemoms@gmail.com.
Those interested in the organization and living in other communities are asked to visit http://momsclub.org.