Perry Rotary donates $27,000 for playground at Village park
Its commitment to the community spans approximately 30 years, most specifically, to the Perry Village Park. Its new venture is no different.
Rotary International, Perry, recently announced the donation of $27,000 to build a new playground at the Village park. On Monday, most of the playground was torn down.
The local organization is made up of community members who take on projects in the Village and surrounding areas as a means of giving back to the residents that support the club.
Over the last 20 to 30 years the Perry Rotary has funded the basketball courts, the baseball fields and lighting, the tennis courts, and most recently, the splash pad and updates and additions to the bathroom facilities in the park.
“It has been a major emphasis to give back to the community and surrounding communities like Castile and Warsaw,” said Rotary member Donald O’Geen. “The money we get from the community, we want to give back. The park is well used and nicely kept. After finishing the splash park, we were looking for other projects to invest in, and rebuilding the playground was suggested.”
According to officials, the playground castle and surrounding objects were built by Rotary members about 25 years ago. While the majority of the equipment will be torn down, the castle is still structurally sound and will remain and be refurbished.
“We decided, with the help from Bears, that we are going to put up a new playground,” said project committee member Daryl Helby. “The design includes climbing bridges, monkey bars, a netted rope bridge and an adaptive swing, which will be new to the park.”
The footprint of the play area will be slightly bigger and be made of northern white cedar.
“Our office is in Lima, so we are excited to be working on a project so close to home,” said Bears representative Tyler Ponko. “And the playground is within blocks of some of the workers' homes so they are pretty excited to be working so close to home as well.”
The nature-inspired equipment is designed for children 2 to 12 years old, is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, and includes other difficulty features for older children, Bears officials say. The installation process is done quite quickly – most of the process completed in the shop and then brought to the site and assembled.
“We are counting on mid- to late June to have it installed,” Ponko said.
“The Village is extremely thankful for the Rotary for identifying this as a worthwhile project,” said Village Trustee and Rotarian Eleanor Jacobs. “The Rotary has done so much to make this a first-class park for the community. It brings in a lot of families here to enjoy. We also have a great Parks and Recreation (Department) staff here that keep the grounds looking nice and well kept.”
Although funding for this project is provided solely by the Perry Rotary, the club continues to hold fundraisers to continually generate more funds for future projects.
For information about the club or to donate visit http://www.perrynyrotary.org/