Watertown Lions donate $21,000 for Community Park

From left to right, city council member Mike Walters, city councilor Steve Washburn, Lion Jim May, Lion Mike Crom, Mayor Charlotte Johnson, Lion Joe Pfeiler, Lion Ryan Hartshorn, city councilor Adam Pawelk and city councilor Steve Crowder pose for a photo during last week’s city council meeting, when the city council accepted a $21,000 donation from the Lions Club for the Community Park.  (Submitted photo)

From left to right, city council member Mike Walters, city councilor Steve Washburn, Lion Jim May, Lion Mike Crom, Mayor Charlotte Johnson, Lion Joe Pfeiler, Lion Ryan Hartshorn, city councilor Adam Pawelk and city councilor Steve Crowder pose for a photo during last week’s city council meeting, when the city council accepted a $21,000 donation from the Lions Club for the Community Park. (Submitted photo)

The Watertown Lions Club has made its largest donation yet to the city of Watertown for use in developing the new Community Park on the northeast side of town.

Several members of the club were on hand at the July 23 Watertown City Council meeting, when the council officially accepted the Lions’ $21,000 donation. After the most recent donation, the Lions have now contributed $48,000 to the community park.

“The Lions’ commitment to the city and to the park is notable and definitely commendable,” city administrator Luke Fischer said during the council meeting.

The Lions Club, who have been long time advocates of the city’s park system, first approached the city council about making contributions to the new park in 2008. Since then, the Lions Club has continued to donate both money and labor. A large group of Lions Club members also cut trails through the brush on the south end of the park two years ago.

The Lions have also made significant contributions to Rick Johnson Park and Highland Park, but have focused most of their attention on the Community Park in recent years.

“We look forward to you using the money in a way that will commemorate the Lions in the future,” Lions Club Member Mike Crom told the council.

Council member Mike Walters expressed hope that new development of the park could begin quickly with the Lions’ latest donation.

“I’m a big advocate, as it sounds like the Lions are, of getting something started at the Community Park,” Walters said. “There was money set aside originally for that, and the Lions are setting aside money for that. … Hopefully this spurs an initial project up there so people can start using that park. I think that is the Lions’ intention, is getting that park to be used the people.”

Contact Matt Bunke at matt.bunke@ecm-inc.com

 

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