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Parks foundation gets $10M from Lilly Endowment

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The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has received a record-setting $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to upgrade 13 parks in Marion County, the foundation announced Monday.

The foundation will receive the $10 million over three years, starting in 2013.

It is the largest single gift the foundation has ever received, topping a $7.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment in 2009.

Among other projects, the funds will be used for improvements to the Frank and Judy O’Bannon Soccer Complex in the Old Northside neighborhood, revitalization of Tarkington Park, development of Wildwood Park in southeast Indianapolis, and refurbishment of concession stands and rest rooms at the Chuck Klein Softball Complex.

Other parks will receive playground equipment, walking trails, new rest rooms and shelters.

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  • Q for "don't Quote my statistics"
    Hard to follow statistics when 25% does not compute! 311,591,917 US population 7,000,000,000 World population (But I get your point!)
  • Yea Lilly
    Where would Indianapolis be without Lilly? Where would the world be without Lilly? The U.S. pays more for drugs for R&D. The U.S. is something like 25% of the world population yet something on the order of 85% or the R&D. The U.S. spends more for health care due, in no small part, to the cost of R&D which other countries negotiate down for the price of drugs. Yea for U.S. and Yea for Lilly!

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