Community Success Stories
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Walking Trail and City Park Renovation
In 2009, the Leonardville PRIDE group decided it was time to talk
about renovating our city park. The playground equipment was very
outdated and it was time for change. We regularly host events for our
community members, but felt it was time to do something more permanent
for our community to enjoy. We formed a city park renovation committee
and developed a three phase process for completion of the park
renovation. Phase I includes a walking trail, signage, and benches,
Phase II a fenced-in kiddie park for children ages 2-5, and Phase III
new equipment for children ages 5-12 and replacement of outdated
To help fund our project, we asked the Leonardville City Council for
assistance. Each year, the Riley County Parks Department gives funding
to parks in Riley County through each town’s city council. The City of
Leonardville was awarded funds for the renovation of our park and the
Leonardville PRIDE members went to work!
Leonardville PRIDE hosted a couple of fund raising events for the city
park renovation. On April 10th we had a breakfast fund raiser and
served biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs. The day was quite
successful with all proceeds going toward the city park renovation. We
also had several generous community members make monetary donations.
On June 17 and 18, we hosted a benefit softball tournament and
community BBQ again with proceeds going toward the city park. We hope
to solicit additional donations at our annual Hullabaloo celebration
on August 13-15, 2010.
In the spring of 2010, we began working on the walking trail by
digging approximately about 4 inches deep and 5 feet wide with skid
loaders and a tractor with a rototiller. PRIDE members and community
members volunteered their time and equipment. The City of Leonardville
also donated their dump truck to haul away excess dirt from the trail.
Once the trail was dug, it was time to order the limestone screening
from Bayer’s Construction. Their generosity was overwhelming when they
donated over 150 tons of limestone screening needed for our walking
trail. In addition to their generosity, we also had community members
volunteer their time and dump trucks to haul the screening from
Bayer’s to the city park. Volunteers spread the screening in the
trail, raked and leveled it and our only cost was fuel for the skid
loader and tractor. Once we had all of the limestone screening in the
trail, the Riley County Parks Department assisted us with rolling and
leveling the trail. We will put up signage around the park and a few
park benches and our trail will be complete.
With most of the materials and time being donated for the walking
trail, we are now able to use the Riley County Parks Department funds
to purchase the kiddie park for Phase II of our renovation. We hope to
have this installed by September or October of this year.
This fall 2010, we plan to write grants to begin Phase III for the
larger equipment for the 5-12 year olds. We will be obtaining grant
writing assistance from the Riley County Extension Office. This final
phase will be completed by summer or fall, 2011.
There will be a walking trail dedication during our Hullabaloo
celebration on August 14th. We want to make this a special day to
thank everyone who helped us fund, create and build the walking trail.
The walking trail and new playground equipment will bring in adults
and children of all ages to continue to make the Leonardville City
Park a great place to play, increase fitness awareness, bring families
together for picnics and reunions, and to help sustain our rural
community of Leonardville!!
On August 13-15, Leonardville PRIDE will host its annual Hullabaloo
celebration. The activities will kick-off on Friday night with a
softball tournament which begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs for 24 hours.
Our activities on Saturday, August 14th, include continuation of the
softball tournament, golf tournament, town-wide garage sales, black
powder shoot, train rides for kids, Lions Club pancake feed, turtle
races, mud bog, vintage car and antique tractor shows, walking trail
dedication, American Legion Auxiliary surprise bags, kids “sanctioned”
tractor pull, cake walk, ice cream social, kids karaoke, local
dancers, parade, and street dance. On Sunday, August 15th, the
Leonardville Methodist Church will host a community church service
with a pot luck meal immediately following.
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