Royal Oak Launches Campaign to Raise $60K for Smart Park

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ROYAL OAK —The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced a crowdfunding campaign focused on the construction of an environmentally-friendly ‘smart park’ on Center Street in Downtown Royal Oak. 

The Royal Oak Smart Park hopes to attain a crowdfunding goal of $60,000 by June 16 — if they do — the MEDC will provide a matching $60,000 grant. 

“The Royal Oak Smart Park really exemplifies what public spaces community places is all about — the community banding together to transform an underutilized plaza into an unique and engaging destination,” says Katharine Czarnecki, MEDC community development director .

The Royal Oak Smart Park will feature an interactive kiosk that promotes Royal Oak business, events, and history, public Wi-Fi, mobile device charging stations, play area for children, civic art and more.

“We have done our homework, talking to a variety of experts from “green” planners to local technology gurus,” says Mayor Jim Ellison. “We believe our smart park concept has potential on so many fronts.”

For project details and to donate, visit: patroncity.com/project/royal-oak-smart-park#/.

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