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home : news : local   May 24, 2016

3/8/2014 5:45:00 AM
Fundraising continues for La Salle Rotary Park

NewsTribune photo/Chris YucusSnow-covered playground equipment waits for spring at La Salle’s Rotary Park. A fundraiser for the park recently raised about $5,000.
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Snow-covered playground equipment waits for spring at La Salle’s Rotary Park. A fundraiser for the park recently raised about $5,000.
Rachel Stella
Media Editor

The La Salle Rotary Park Foundation raised approximate $5,000 from its Feb. 28 fundraiser, bringing it closer to its phase two goal of $400,000.

“It was very, very successful,” said foundation president Gary Gearhart. “It was a wonderful event; I think everybody enjoyed getting out of the house.”

The wine- and beer-tasting fundraiser, co-sponsored by Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club and Rudy’s Liquors, was the first of what Gearhart said he hopes will be an annual event to support the park’s ongoing development.

The foundation is now more than halfway to its goal of $400,000 for the park’s phase two, which must be raised in order for the city of La Salle to receive a matching grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

According to Gearhart, phase two developments will include a Little League Baseball diamond, a 62-space parking lot, extension of the road from the parking lot to the dog park and a hiking/biking path around the second soccer field.

Gearhart said the foundation hopes to award bids for construction in April, and to begin construction in May. The phase two development should be completed by September or October, Gearhart said.

But that doesn’t mean fundraising efforts will end.

“Our objective is to get the park completed,” Gearhart said.

Rachel Stella can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or

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