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Lakeside Chautauqua to expand sport courts in 2019, thanks to Giving Tuesday

December 4, 2018

Lakeside Chautauqua to expand sport courts in 2019, thanks to Giving Tuesday

LAKESIDE, Ohio -- Lakeside Chautauqua raised nearly $500,000 on Giving Tuesday to renovate the basketball, sand volleyball and multipurpose courts in Bettinger Park for next season, as well as towards the Lakeside Annual Fund, which supports programs and upkeep of the private community..

More than 200 families supported Lakeside on the annual day of giving.

The 1-square-mile private community -- named one of the 10 best beach towns on the Great Lakes by Coastal Living magazine -- on the Marblehead peninsula draws 150,000 visitors each year to the shores of Lake Erie. There’s a gate fee for guests 13 and older during the summer season, which covers a myriad activities, from a state-of-the-art outdoor pool to evening concerts. Special events include a triathlon, cottage tour and plein air art festival.

Lakeside was founded by the Methodist Church in 1873 and soon embraced the Chautauqua movement of spiritual enrichment and education, which began at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state.

“Leading up to #GivingTuesday, our staff was delighted to hear the excitement that Lakesiders were feeling for the project,” said Gretchen Colon, Lakeside Chautauqua vice president of advancement and communications, said in a news release. “Bettinger Park has been referred to as the heartbeat ofLakeside, and when the time came, the community support we saw was overwhelming in the best way. Lakesiders have really stepped up to enhance this space that is cherished by all ages.”

The #GivingTuesday initiative began in 2012, and nonprofits received a total of $336 million, according to The NonProfit Times. Based on information reported from Blackbaud, average gift sizes were up by 10 percent, and mobile giving was up by 12 percent.

Renovations will transform the space into a state-of-the-art outdoor recreational facility and will allow Lakeside to host sports clinics and camps, as well as enhance the programs that already take place there.

The current basketball court will be rotated, resurfaced and expanded to include multiple court configurations and six basketball hoops. A new surface and two hoops will be installed at the multi-purpose court. At the sand volleyball court, the renovations will provide better drainage, new sand, rubber curb edging and a curved step-down approach into the court to contain the sand. Bettinger Park, formerly known as Central Park, will also be enhanced with new lighting, buried electrical lines and a rain garden where deep-rooted plants will consume the natural water.

Construction on the courts is set to begin this month, to be ready next summer.

This year marked the sixth year that Lakeside has joined #GivingTuesday. In years past, the funds raised have gone towards renovating the miniature golf course, creating a dedicated Teen Center, enhancing the sound system in Hoover Auditorium and refreshing the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo.

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