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Revitalizing Parks & Playgrounds

The Gilmore | Henne Community Fund was established in 2010 to revitalize parks and recreational facilities in Berks County. Since then, we have revitalized 7 playgrounds!  The process begins with finding a playground or park that has community support for ongoing maintenance, upkeep and programming.

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Bringing Community Together

During the spring and summer, our team and the immediate community host Movie Nights, Egg Hunts, G|H Summer Camp, youth sports clinics, and other free family events. These bring neighbors closer, encourage families to spend time together, and allow our youth to interact under positive adult supervision.

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Promoting Hope & Health

Clean and safe parks and recreation areas are key factors in maintaining healthy communities. Beyond the physical activity that playing in a park provides, well-tended parks are safe havens for young people – places where friends are made, bonds are formed, and the imagination has no limits.

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Locust Street Park Revitalization

Berks County, Pennsylvania

In mid 2012, the Friends of Fleetwood Park, Locust Street Branch, applied to the Gilmore | Henne Community Fund for help with the revitalization of their Locust Street Park on the 600 block of East Locust Street, in the Borough of Fleetwood. They applied to have the old playground equipment replaced and when the Borough of Fleetwood caught wind of their fundraising and awareness efforts, they came and inspected the playground. It was subsequently deemed unsafe and all the equipment was removed. The Locust Street Park was left with an empty space where a playground once was.

The Locust Street Park is the 6th park that we revitalized and the 2nd playground built from the ground up. It was an expensive project compared to other revitalizations, but seeing the smiles on the children’s and adult’s faces and hearing the laughter of playing, makes it all worth it. Thanks to everyone who supported this project. Because of all of you, a breath of new life has entered the Locust Street Park for the Fleetwood community and all of Berks County to enjoy.

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2014 G|H Community Fund Annual Report

Download the G|H Community Fund’s 2014 Annual Report…

Download the G|H Community Fund’s 2014 Annual Report

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2014 G|H Community Fund Annual Report

Featured Community Partners

Susquehanna Private Banking and Sports Division has been a proud annual supporter…

Susquehanna Private Banking and Sports Division has been a proud annual supporter of the Gilmore | Henne Community Fund since 2010.

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Make a Difference in Berks County

Get involved through the giving of your time during playground builds and revitalization,
by donating money, or simply by cleaning up the park closest to you.

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We need your help to reach our goal of $125,000 in 2015. Help make a donation today!

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