Hollis Parks Project exceeds fundraising goals for town parks

In a little more than three months, the Hollis Parks Project has exceeded its initial fundraising goal of $40,000, triggering a $10,000 allocation from the Town of Hollis, bringing the total raised to improve the town’s public parks to more than $50,000. Excess funds will allow for improvements, landscaping and maintenance of Little Nichols Park and Nichols Field. To achieve this, the Hollis Parks Committee sold more than 150 bricks and received donations from generous residents and businesses.

More than half the funds were raised in July, when Arthur Lyford and Sophie Howarth Lyford from the Art of Dentistry in Hollis, presented the “Nichols Challenge,” matching every dollar raised by 20 percent. The group is meeting with Brewer Landscaping and Custom View Property Maintenance, who are donating services to implement the improvement plans.

Personalized brick orders will be accepted until Aug. 15, which can be ordered at www.hollisplays.org. Donations can be made by sending a check made payable to the “Town of Hollis,” to Hollis Parks Project, PO Box 106, Hollis, NH 03049.

The group will coordinate with the recreation commission for fall installation dates. Volunteers and supporters can look out for dates to help build the playground this fall. Visit www.hollisplays.org, or email hollisparksproject@gmail.com for more information.

– Submitted by Anna Birch