If you've ever driven or walked along Clinton's Riverview Drive on a nice day, there's something that's always going on at its southern end.
It's the activity at Rotary Park, a play area with a shelter and updated equipment for children just off First Street. Children of all ages can be seen running around the park and playing on its newer equipment throughout the spring, summer and fall. More than $75,000 in improvements were made to Rotary Park over the past few years, thanks to donations and contributions from Clinton Rotary Club members.
Now that club wants to see the same thing happen in Emma Young Park near the Ericksen Community Center.
To do that, the Rotary Club will use proceeds from its fourth annual auction, on April 13, to purchase playground equipment for that park. The group's goal is to raise $25,000 for the equipment. The auction brings in $15,000 to $20,000 each year; additional funding needed would likely be made up through donations or grants, organizers say.
Once that money is raised, the club hopes to purchase two slides, a rope climber and a swing set, with installation to probably happen this fall and a safety surface put in next year.
If you want to help out this cause, a $50 ticket, which can be purchased through any Rotary Club member, will get you into the auction that will be held at Rastrelli’s Restaurant’s Tuscany Event Center from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 13 Attendees will be treated to a “taste of the Caribbean” and music. Citizens and local organizations donated most of the auction items, which will include vacation packages, a party at the newly completed Clinton High School Aquatic Center and an airplane ride that will provide a bird’s-eye view of Clinton and surrounding communities.
It's sure to be a good time for all, and will benefit a great cause. After all, good parks add to a city's quality of life, and will create family memories that will last a lifetime.