GREENVILLE — The Friends of the Greenville City Parks gathered Sunday to dedicate a new and improved island in one of the city park’s ponds.
The island, dubbed “Treasured Island” by the group, recently underwent a restoration process, which saw the removal of brush and debris, trees planted, concrete work, and the erection of a flagpole. Planning and fundraising efforts for the venture began in September 2016.
In addition to more than $5,000 raised through a 50/50 drawing, apple fritter sales and local donations, the Coppock-Hole Foundation donated $35,000 to the project. VFW Post 7262 donated funds to purchase a 30-foot flagpole.
Hupman’s Lawn Care and Landscape provided the design and installation. Local contractor Tom Lucas volunteered his time to serve as the project manager and worked with Hupman’s Lawn Care and Landscape and Piqua Crane Company to plan the logistics of moving equipment and supplies to the site. In all, the project took three days to complete.
A number of local dignitaries were invited to offer their thoughts on the completed project.
“It’s amazing to see what can happen when hearts and hands come together to create change,” said Emily Jasenski, who led the invocation. “To give of one’s time, energy, resources, to nurture the beauty of a space is truly remarkable and should be recognized.”
Jenny Clark, president of the Friends of the Greenville City Parks, invited forward all members of the Friends in attendance and thanked them for making the island’s restoration possible.
“It’s people like you who make a difference in the community. You gave your time and talent to make this happen. I dedicate this island to you and to everyone who donated money and services,” she told them.
Matt Staugler, director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau served as master of ceremonies. Dean Delk, VFW Post 7262 Commander, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the post donated a new flag for the island.
Greenville Mayor Steve Willman, speaking on behalf of the city said, “It’s a wonderful thing. You guys stuck to it and kept it going.”
“I am humbled by this city and this community,” said Greenville Park Board President Dale Musser. “The funds that were raised in a very short period of time brought this to fruition.”
Clark said the group’s next project will be the restoration of an island in the pond across the street.
“It is in sad condition,” she said. “Probably worse condition than this pond and island were in.” She said the group is not only seeking donations, but is asking the community to suggest a name for the island. She said they hope to complete the project in June 2018.
The park, founded in 1915 with the purchase of 13 acres, now encompasses 75 acres.
“This beautiful park has been here for many generations to enjoy,” she added. “The past generations saw that it was taken care of. It’s our turn now.”
The Friends of the Greenville City Parks is a private, non-profit group which seeks to improve and maintain the condition of the city’s parks. For more information, contact Jenny Clark by phone at 937-467-9953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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