Lions Club awards $20,000 to city park

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Just days after an overnight storm caused havoc in Kasting Park last spring, members of the Seymour Noon Lions Club helped town workers clean up.

The club then applied for a grant through the Indiana Lions Foundation to help defray costs associated with storm damage to park city athletic facilities, and in July a check for $1,000 was presented. presented to Seymour Parks and Recreation Department Manager Stacy Findley and Program Director. Chad Keithley.

Later, club secretary Christy Nolan spoke with former international director Linda Tincher about the damage to the park, and Tincher told her about the community recovery grant available through Lions Clubs International Foundation.

According to lionsclubs.org, this grant is intended to help interested districts support short-term cleanup and repair efforts in situations where other organizations have already met immediate needs. The goal is for Lions to focus on selected groups with specific unmet needs where gaps in relief services have been identified in the community. Grants awarded provide up to $20,000.

Tincher was pleasantly surprised to learn recently that the Seymour Noon Lions Club received the maximum amount to help the town again.

“I was aware of it, Christy wasn’t aware of it, so we just made a few phone calls, and they said, ‘Anything you tell us fits the bill,’ so I said, ‘Okay. . We will file the documents,” Tincher said. “I have to tell you that we were all shocked when we got the maximum amount. We will take what they give us.

Findley said the money will go towards new siding and guttering for the building used for concessions and another building that houses a media room and restrooms, as well as new bleachers.

Overall, she estimated the total damage from the May storm was over $100,000. The concrete block walls of two tank shelters collapsed, fences were damaged, roofs, siding and guttering of both buildings were damaged, and trees were damaged.

The park was closed for 10 days for insurance reasons, and no baseball or softball tournaments, games, or practices were held there until everything was cleaned up and repaired.

“We had it appraised by our insurance agent, and the park was built in the 90s, so we were reimbursed for the roof by our insurance, and then also some loss of income,” Findley said. “But the insurance didn’t cover damage to the gutters or any damage to the siding. Everything was 30 years old so it needed to be replaced, especially if we are having the roof replaced.

The department had to figure out how to make the uncovered repairs, as it was not in the budget as it was an unforeseen expense.

“It wasn’t something we had planned, but it’s also one of our busiest sports venues,” Findley said. “During the week it hosts our recreational league baseball as well as adult kickball and youth kickball and tons of practices. Then on the weekends it’s the home of our baseball trips and softball. For this park to have suffered so much damage, so many people were counting on this park to reopen.

Fortunately, the Lions Club was able to provide more financial assistance.

“Each time Christy reached out, it gave us the opportunity to say, ‘OK, we can turn something that was unexpected, something bad into a revitalization. It’s like, ‘Something good is going to come out of this storm,’ Findley said. “With the grant money, we were able to turn something bad into something great. The park will actually be better now after the storm than it was before.

Other community volunteers also got involved. This included a group from Emmanuel Church in Seymour painting the two canoes after they were rebuilt.

Indiana Inc. Royalty Companies of Seymour recently put the new roofs on the buildings, then started the new siding and also secured the fences. Castors Masonry of Medora rebuilt the canoes.

The remaining works include new safety nets and bleachers.

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