Henryville playground needs funding

Published: .
Updated: .

Plans for a playground in a southern Indiana community hit by devastating tornadoes in March 2012 may be in danger if organizers can't raise $20,000 in the next two weeks.

Henryville Youth Sports is counting on a $50,000 grant from AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation and Medwise Indiana to complete the project. But they must have $40,000 matching funds by February 18th to get that grant.

$25,000 which had been pledged for the project has fallen through. Henryville Youth Sports says the playground project will likely be canceled if the money isn't found.

If they raise the money in time, the playground will be installed and ready for kids in May.

Organizers say the playground would be a symbol of Henryville's resilience following March 2012 tornadoes that destroyed homes, schools and businesses in Henryville and across southern Indiana.

Fourteen Indiana residents died in those storms or later succumbed to their injuries.

Learn how you can help.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)