A permanent pacific sunset Dedicated trees support library park renovation

September 17, 2005

The Library Foundation is moving quickly toward the final stages of the renovation and enlargement of Georgiana Smith park. The pergola is nearly completed, benches have been ordered, trees have been planted, and the first order of bricks is being processed in Boise and will be here and in place in time for the official dedication, which is set for Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Many generous donations have already been made, and fund-raising events – July’s George Rouches Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by Indian Creek Golf Course, and a Father’s Day concert in Jackson Park – have been very successful, and several grants have been awarded to the project, but funds are still needed for completion.

Naming opportunities still exist for trees, with a donation of $1,000.

Still available are:

* Hybrid Magnolia (only one left), which has white flowers in late spring;

* Columnar Sargent Cherry, blush flower in the spring and red/orange color in the fall (will grow to 40 feet);

* Little Leaf Linden, a lawn tree with fragrant white flowers in the summer; and

* Pacific Sunset Maple, with gorgeous red fall color (will be 30 feet high).

Individuals or groups wanting to make a larger contribution to this magnicifent community park might consider the naming opportunity of one of the existing large trees on the park property.

Available to be named with a $5,000 donation are:

* Copper beech tree

* Historic oak tree

* A historic maple tree

* One existing cedar tree and a large fir tree are also available as naming opportunities with a $2,500 donation.

* Bricks will continue to be sold for $50 each. Bricks make great gifts for graduation, birthdays, anniversaries or just as special gifts for someone you love.

The Library Foundation has been most pleased with the hundreds of people who have purchased bricks and shown support for the park project. Now is the time for others to come forward to help finish the renovation of this beautiful community space.

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Anyone wanting more information regarding donation opportunities may pick up a form at the library or may call (541) 386-2897.

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