Hyannis, MA – MassDevelopment has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Cape Cod Toy Library, which will use funds to transform the backyard of the Hyannis Public Library into the Outdoor Play Oasis, a space for families to spend time together in an inclusive environment designed to foster children’s curiosity, creativity, problem-solving abilities, social connections, and physical activity.
By providing a stage, garden areas, benches, and several play features, the Outdoor Play Oasis aims to serve as a family-friendly destination so residents and visitors can spend time in downtown Hyannis to support local economic recovery. The Cape Cod Toy Library will also crowdfund this fall. If the organization reaches its $40,000 goal it will receive an additional $40,000 matching grant from MassDevelopment. The funds are awarded through MassDevelopment’s special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors.
Created in 2016, Commonwealth Places aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions to placemaking projects, with the incentive of a funding match from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached.