OTTAWA, Kan. — June 7, 2017 — The City of Ottawa has received a second $50,000 anonymous donation through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation for the Goppert Teen Park.


“We are thrilled at the support for the Teen Park,” said Fonda Rose, chairperson of the Play Task Force. “This second gift puts us within reaching distance of our goal for the park.”


The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation works with donors of all levels to make giving as easy, efficient and effective as possible through charitable giving accounts. The foundation houses more than 3,000 charitable accounts established by individuals, families and businesses to support the charitable causes that are important to them.


“We are thrilled to share the gift as designated by the donor for this terrific project,” said Debbie Wilkerson, president and CEO of the foundation. “We love being a part of the Goppert Teen Park with this gift and look forward to the park’s completion.”


This is the second $50,000 anonymous donation received through the foundation for the park.


“The original gift was our first really large gift for a park project and to get a second is simply overwhelming,” City Community Development Director Wynndee Lee said.


The Teen Park fundraising has been ongoing since last year, with pledges received from the city, Goppert Foundation, Franklin County, Ottawa Rotary Club and others, as well as funds from the Ottawa Middle School dodgeball tournament. With this gift, the second phase can be completed and part of third phase will be enabled. The total project budget is about $250,000.


The first phase includes relocating the skate park amenities to the Teen Park location, which is south of 15th Street and Kanza Park. It also will include three basketball courts and a zip line. All of the amenities planned for the park were identified by teens at Ottawa Middle School and Ottawa High School as features they would like to have and use.


The first phase began with dirt movement last winter, with concrete work as the next step. Labor for the

concrete work is being sought now, and several local contractors have indicated willingness to help,

along with city public works crews, to install the courts and pads for the skate park. The second phase contains the pump track, which is a biking, skating, rollerblading or other activities on wheels feature. The third phase is primarily the fitness challenge course with features similar to a ninja warrior course.


“We have certainly come a long way in this fundraising effort, but there are still lots of opportunities for the community members and businesses to see the project across the finish line,” Mayor Sara Caylor said. “We are celebrating, but the real celebration is when we put it all together and see what our collective teamwork has done for our teens.”


Lee said naming opportunities still exist for these features and others planned so the other phases can be completed. It is hoped additional funds can be committed by early fall.


For more information about the teen park or how to get involved, contact Lee at 785-229-3620 or or visit