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Estes Park Rotary Provides Funds, Pledges Volunteer Help With Pavilion Project

Rotary Club of Estes Park President Pete Sumey (left) congratulates Skyler Rorabaugh, Executive Director of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, on receiving Rotary funds to spruce up the Rotary Pavilion

Rotary Club of Estes Park President Pete Sumey (left) congratulates Skyler Rorabaugh, Executive Director of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, on receiving Rotary funds to spruce up the Rotary Pavilion

A check for $1,000 and a pledge of members’ time and talent will result in a spruced-up picnic pavilion open to the public this summer. At the April 25 meeting, President Pete Sumey of The Rotary Club of Estes Park presented Estes Valley Recreation and Park District Executive Director Skyler Rorabaugh with a check for $1,000 and a promise of membership muscle for a joint project.

The pavilion was built in 1955 as a Rotary Club of Estes Park project to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Rotary International, the world’s first service club. The structure is located in the Cherokee Draw Day Use area, near Highway 36 and Fourth Street in Estes Park.

President Sumey estimates that Rotarians will participate in two work days this spring to help with painting and refurbishing the structure. The target date for completion of the project is the end of May, according to EVRPD Director Rorabaugh.

“I would like to thank you for partnering with us on this project,” Director Rorabaugh said at the April 25 meeting. “The funds will go toward a great project and we are happy to work with you again.”

Director Rorabaugh said the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District will install a new roof, purchase stain for the wood, complete leveling of the soil around the pavilion and provide a new trash receptacle. The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $3,000, Rorabaugh said Monday.

“We appreciate the support of the Estes Park Rotary on this endeavor, as this

pavilion is highly utilized and is a great parks and recreation amenity for our community.” he said Monday. “We look forward to a continued relationship with the Estes Park Rotary on future projects and events!”

Funding for the grant came from the Estes Park Rotary Foundation, which supports initiatives that foster the general well-being of the Estes Park community. The Foundation was created in 1977 and continues to demonstrate its mission by awarding scholarships to Estes Park High School graduating students each May and by awarding grants to tax-exempt community charitable organizations every spring. In 2013, $46,500 will be provided in scholarships and $12,600 in grants to 15 charitable organizations.

The pavilion is a popular place to enjoy the view of Lake Estes from its south shore. Photo by Skyler Rorabaugh

The pavilion is a popular place to enjoy the view of Lake Estes from its south shore. Photo by Skyler Rorabaugh

In addition, the club selects projects that benefit from a Charitable Projects Fund. This year’s list of charitable projects includes the Rotary Pavilion Restoration, Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief, a literacy initiative in Guatemala, the Estes Valley Library Summer Reading Program, the Estes Park Medical Center Imaging Technology Unit, a Boy Scout breakfast and a Bike or Walk to School breakfast, among others. A golf tournament and a musical revue generate revenue for the foundation, which also accepts donations and bequests from Rotarians and their families.

For more information about the Estes Park Rotary Club, please visit the website at www.rotaryclubofestespark.org.

 

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