Rotary Park Development Agreement Moves Foward

Improvements to a Galesburg park can now officially get underway.

During this week’s City Council meeting, aldermen approved a development agreement that outlines the terms for various community groups to make the upgrades to Rotary Park. Total project costs are expected to be in the $664-thousand range. 50-percent of those costs have been matched by local donations.

The City Council has previously approved a grant application for the further development of Rotary Park through an Illinois Department of Natural Resources program.

Remaining funds for the project were awarded earlier this month by the state. Former Rotary President and City Treasurer Marv Dahlberg says there are plenty of people to thank.

“We also had several groups come together which I think is really important,” says Dahlberg. “I think when you get a whole group working together in addition to the City, it makes a good partnership.”

There are grant requirements such as status reports to the state, and an itemized list of expenditures. Construction on the project is expected to begin this fall with completion in the summer of next year.

The City says existing staff have budgeted time for the fiscal year to work on the improvements.

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