Play-a-thon for the Parks set for May 19

One thing that sets Williamston apart is people’s willingness to band together to make a positive impact in the community. To raise money for the new playground at Volunteers Community Park, businesses, individuals and service clubs have contributed to the effort. Now, there is a chance for those that will benefit most from the new playground—kids and families—to make a difference.

Friends of Williamston Parks announces a new fundraising opportunity for kids of all ages to contribute to the new playground and have fun doing it. The Play-a-thon for the Parks is a daylong event on Saturday, May 19 at McCormick Park in Williamston. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., it will feature food, music, special activities and nonstop play.

Kids are encouraged to secure pledges for the number of hours they plan to play through The Get Movin’ Crew website ( Prize drawings will be held for those that register online and those that achieve the individual goal. The largest donation from each age group will be recognized as well. It is open to all kids, no matter age or school they attend. Donations also may be brought to park on the day of the event.

The fundraising effort will kick off April 13 and run through May 26. While any amount is welcome, FOWP has set an individual participant goal of $75 and an overall goal $15,000. All proceeds will go towards a new playground at Volunteers Community Park next to The Commons. The 85-foot by 50-foot area will feature four elements: a play structure featuring slides and climbing options, four swings, a Ten Spin that allows you to stand, kneel or sit while spinning, and a Tri Totter which provides three children the opportunity to bounce at the same time. 

While the kids are playing on May 19, parents, caregivers and other volunteers can assist with the Friends of Williamston Parks’ annual park clean-up day, which also will be held on May 19. In the event of rain, the Play-a-thon and clean-up day will be held on May 20. For a complete schedule of activities and event updates, visit To volunteer, email or contact Cindy Bennett at 517-899-2731.

To make a general donation to the playground project, mail checks payable to WABF (memo: FOWP) to PO Box 116, Williamston, MI 48895 or via PayPal at