Rotary Park to reopen this month

Rotary Park is expected to have a ribbon cutting to celebrate renovations that have been going on there for the better part of a year.
Nearly five years ago Galesburg’s Rotary Club wanted to raise funds to improve the park that bears there name.

The ribbon cutting is planned for June 17.

Although they raised $440,000 they also relied on a $300,000 grant from the state which was slow to delivered due to the ever lasting budget impasse.

Some new features to look for this summer include a splash pad, new walking trail and a rain garden and then in the winter months, an ice skating rink.

The Rotary Club is also making their presence felt at city parks outside the one that carry their name.

The first Little Library book exchange was installed at Full View Point Park in September and now they’re spreading.

Rotary’s Sherry Foster says the house shaped boxes are located at places like the OAKS on Farnham, the Knox County YMCA and on Mulberry.

“If you have a book you’ve already read, don’t put it back on the shelf. Walk down and pop it in the library and take another book out. It’s just a way to make it fun for kids and affordable for those who can’t go to a bookstore,” Foster says.

There’s also plans for a Little Library in Knoxville with Rotary having said previously they hope to eventually have ten installed.