SKiP Playground – Next Generation

I’m pleased to announce that the City of Stow is finally moving forward on a Skip Playground project, after a year of waiting. Here is the rundown:

What happened last night regarding SKiP?

By a 5-2 vote (Costello and D’Antonio voted no), council took 2 actions: (1) It created a SKiP committee of mostly private individuals who will guide the project. (2) It approved up to $75,000 in matching funds for the project.

What does the project need?

Three things: Money, volunteers, and committee members

How to donate

Send a check to: Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Rd, Stow, OH 44224. Make the check out to: City of Stow. Write “Skip Project” on the memo line. Your donation is tax deductible (click this link for IRS guidance).

How to serve on the committee

The committee will be comprised of up to 15 people. Six will be members of government (city council, administration, and the Parks Board). Nine will be selected to reflect a diverse swath of our community (appointed by the mayor, confirmed by city council). If you’d like to be considered for the committee, please send an email with your qualifications and a brief statement to:

How to volunteer

Eventually, the committee will coordinate volunteer efforts. Until the committee is up and running, I’m personally compiling the list. (That list is already 103 people long!) Sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

The timeline

We have waited a full year while an outside foundation insisted it would begin work on the project. Nothing has happened. I will not suffer any more delays, and neither will city council. The Skip project will not fall victim to politics, and we won’t rely on any third parties to do what needs to be done. Period.