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Garfield Park Conservatory Fundraising For Children’s Garden Renovation

Any donations made before March 1 will contribute to a $250,000 pool that an anonymous donor will match.

The Garfield Park Conservatory from above on Nov. 22, 2021.
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EAST GARFIELD PARK — The Garfield Park Conservatory is fundraising for its Children’s Garden renovation — and people who donate now will see their money matched.

Any donations received before March 1 will contribute to a $250,000 pool that an anonymous donor has offered to match, according to an Instagram post from the conservatory. With 153 days to go in the campaign, the drive has raised about $42,000 of the match goal. Donations are open online.

The renovated Children’s Garden is expected to open in 2023. The work will tackle the 6,000-foot indoor Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, outfitting it with a new slide and custom-designed climber, toddler areas, a nature art gallery and family bathroom, among other amenities, according to the conservatory.

Open year-round and free to all, the new garden will also feature a wheelchair-accessible ramp.

The project comes 20 years after the garden’s initial opening. The park has already raised $4.1 million toward the project’s total cost of $5.6 million, according to its website. 

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