Logan County Board awarded $50,000
for improvements to Latham and Scully parks
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[October 16, 2020]
The people of Logan County in general and the children in particular
will soon be the beneficiaries of significant improvements to our
two downtown Lincoln parks.
Recently the County Board Chairman, Emily Davenport, was notified
that Algonquin Power, which owns the Sugar Creek Wind Farm and APEX
Clean Energy which is developing a solar farm in Broadwell Township,
have combined resources to make a
$50,000 donation to Latham and Scully Parks.
The fountain in Scully Park, for years an urban showpiece but
presently inoperable, will experience upgrades to its plumbing and
electrical operations as well as its foundation.
New playground equipment will be installed at Latham Park to create
a safe and stimulating recreation experience for kids.
Adults will not be left out either. The bandstand in Latham Park
will be improved so summer concerts, seasonal events and special
occasions can be celebrated in comfort and style as they were years
ago. Lighting will be modernized and landscape architecture
including tree trimming and selective replacement will be put into
It is worthy of noting that the origin of this donation began
several years ago as a result of conversations between officials of
these renewable energy concerns and then Building & Grounds Chairman
Kevin Bateman and the late Chuck Ruben, the immediate past Chairman
of the Logan County Board.
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Both gentlemen were passionate about the preservation of these two parks and the
quality of life they could provide for our citizens. Without their initiative,
the follow up of the present Building & Grounds Chairman Dave Blankenship and
Logan County Board Chairman Emily Davenport, and the sensitivity and
responsiveness of Algonquins' and APEXs' field teams this philanthropic act
could not have occurred.
In an email from September, Chairman Davenport was prolific in her praise and
gratitude for this most generous donation adding, "I know the public will be
very happy and thankful to have two beautiful parks to enjoy."
It is also worth noting that both Algonquin and APEX have previously made
strategic donations to worthy organizations in need, even during the recent
pandemic. These actions are highly reflective of the core values of these two
companies, the renewable energy industry and the individuals who represent their
interests in a local level on our community.
A grand "reopening" of Latham and Scully Parks will be planned for 2021.
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