Kiwanis Park shelter dedicated

June 20, 2012 02:20 PM
The completed park shelter at Kiwanis Park.
The most recent improvement at Galesburg’s Kiwanis Park was dedicated last week. A new picnic shelter, primarily built with volunteer labor and donated materials orchestrated by the Galesburg Kiwanis Club, was officially opened and turned over to the city of Galesburg. The total cost of the shelter was $8,047 with the Kiwanis Club picking up $7,000 of that cost. The city of Galesburg paid for the remaining $1,047. Using volunteers and donated material reduced the cost of the shelter greatly.
Glenn Scott, Galesburg Kiwanis Club member, proposed the idea in the spring of 2011 and chaired the project through its completion. Members of the Kiwanis Club logged 296 volunteer labor hours with an additional 50 hours from non-members, reports Scott.
Mayor Sal Garza remarked, "The Kiwanis organization did an outstanding job on the construction of the park shelter as well as fostering collaboration among other fine organizations and spirited volunteers. This park project is a demonstration of dedication and commitment by the Kiwanis Club to improving the community's quality of life for residents and visitors alike and we greatly appreciate it."
The new shelter, while not part of the Park Master Plan that was updated in 2002, is a welcome and needed addition. Large enough to hold six picnic tables supplied by the city, the shelter was built using a professionally drawn design, which was approved by the city council. The city will provide all future maintenance for the shelter. Kiwanis Park is one of the few parks in Galesburg that is fully developed as outlined in the Park Master Plan thanks to local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds and a grant from the state of Illinois. Those improvements were completed in 2002-2003. The addition of this shelter compliments those improvements.
Galesburg businesses and at least one other non-profit organization offered their expertise and provided material. Webber Rental donated the use of a front-end loader to level the ground before construction could start. City park crews dug footings and further graded the site. Lufkin Schwieter Ready Mix provided the labor for pouring and finishing the concrete while the Kiwanis Club purchased the concrete material. Habitat for Humanity of Knox County donated the roofing shingles and the timber was finished with wood stain provided by the local Sherwin-Williams Co.
View a photo gallery of the shelter construction.


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