The Naperville Park Board has approved a gift agreement ordinance with the Naperville Noon Lions Club Foundation to donate $35,000 to the Park District over the next three years.
The funds will be used to install interpretive signs at Knoch Knolls Park as part of the improvements for the new Nature Center set to open this fall. The wew signs will comply with ADA requirements.
Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said this was the second donation the Park District has received from the club.
“Last year, we received a commitment for funding up to $10,000 for a drinking fountain here at the Knoch Knolls facility, and we appreciate the generosity of the club,” McGury said.
President of the Lions Club Jim Ebers said the gift meets the mission of the group in two ways.
“We like to be active in the community, and secondly, our mission primarily has to do with sight and hearing and this helps in that regard,” Ebers said. “We had discussions with the Park District after the water fountain project and we thought providing this signage was a good fit.”
The drinking fountain became part of a Knoch Knolls Park improvement project that began in late July of last year that included ball field renovations and a new multi-use trail.
Park District Director of Planning Eric Shutes said the Park District will fund the project at $5,000 per sign and will be “paid back” by the Lions Club in increments over the next three years.
“This is a good example of the partnership we have with the Lions Club and ourselves,” Shutes said. “We have competitively bid for these seven signs which will be installed this fall. The Lions Club will pay us in installments over three years including $10,000 this year, $15,000 in 2015, and another $10,000 the year after.”Tags: Naperville Park District