BEAVERTON – After nine months of fundraising and a brief construction period, the Gladwin Rotary Splash Park is officially open for fun after the ribbon cutting on Monday, Sept. 9. 

Over 50 community members came out to celebrate the ribbon cutting, and enjoy a community picnic of hot dogs. A few adventurous kids even got out and enjoyed the Splash Park, despite the cooler weather.

The project first began when Rotarian Richard Beadle first approached the Gladwin Rotary Club with the idea in January 2019. 

From there the Rotary Club accepted the project and began with the ambitious goal to have the park open before the end of Summer 2019. 

The Splash Park was funded thanks to community donations, corporate donations, and grants. The committee that oversaw the process consisted of Heath Kaplan, Beaverton City Manager, Scott Govitz, Bob Balzer,Pam Cingano. Their expertise in numerous areas from grant writing to large capital campaigning helped to get the project completed.

City workers and numerous companies broke ground the first week of August and have worked hard to get the infrastructure ready for the cement and construction. On Friday, Sept. 6, volunteers from around the county worked to put the final touches needed to be able to be open for use over the weekend.  

The Patronicity grant goal of $50,000 was met three weeks before the deadline of Sept. 17, totaling $100,000 toward Phase I of the project. 

The next step is Phase 2 with fundraising efforts continuing to complete that portion by June 1. Phase 2 includes the recognition gateway for all contributors over $500, the fencing around the Splash Pad, benches and landscaping. 

They will be applying for grants to assist with this portion which will again require matching community funds. 

The Rotary Club is working with Heath Kaplan to put together a grant to help with the funding needed. 

If you would like to donate towards Phase 2, please go online to Gladwinfoundation.org, select: Gladwin Rotary Splash Park Fund.

Or you can send a check to: Gladwin Rotary Splash Park Fund at Gladwin Community Foundation PO Box 480 Gladwin, MI. 48624. 

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