many other small towns, Portis had a PRIDE program that fell to the
wayside. In fall of 2005 a group of residents decided it was time to
revitalize the program. They got busy and filed their articles of
incorporation and completed the paperwork for their non-profit status.
Upon approval, they started soliciting donations from their residents
and alumni through a mailing. They collected adequate funds to start on
their first project, repair of the playground equipment in the park.
The equipment had been neglected for a long time. It needed painting as
well as some repairs for safety’s safe. With tools in hand, the
repairs were made and the equipment repainted.
Next, the addition of some new pieces. Two playhouses and slippery
slides were added. They were able to add the pieces in a manner so that
it connected with the old and gave it the look of new modern equipment.
The youth in town were excited see the additions.
With the addition of the playground equipment, the need for a shelter
became apparent. There was not place for families and friends to gather
while the kids played. Funds were solicited from the Sarver and
McFadden Charitable Trusts making the shelter a reality.
Through volunteer help, the foundation was poured in the summer of
2007. In the spring of 2008 the cement block walls were added and
finally the trusses and metal roof . On June 25, 2008, the shelter was
dedicated to Scott Noel, a Portis farmer, who tragically lost his life.
In the spring of 2008, while working on
the shelter house, the group was looking ahead their next project. They
applied for a Get It! Do It! Grant and were successful. Funds from the
grant were used to run a cement basketball court. Additional funds were
also received from the Sarver and McFadden trusts. Wet weather
prohibited the group from completing the task in 2008 but in the spring
of 2009 construction began. The court was formed, fill sand added to
level the ground, wire mesh inserted to add stability and finally the
cement was poured. Basketball games could finally be played with the
addition of one permanent and one portable goal.
In 2010, Portis is actively working on adding a sidewalk from the
shelter to the street.
The park improvements are making a difference for Portis. They now have
a safe and attractive place for kids and their families to attend and
play in. As you drive through town, the park catches your attention and
you are impressed with the facility for the size of the community.
The park has become the center for many community activities. PRIDE
sponsors the Easter egg hunt in the spring where as many as 50 to 70
young children participate. Following the hunt, cookies and drinks are
Late in the summer, the town grows as the local churches sponsor their
annual appreciation picnic. The park provides them with the ideal
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