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Optimists give park to city

August 28, 2014

Dan Reichenbach, left, Don Arnett, Dave Howe, Tom Shaw, Jack Hayzlett, Mayor Rodney Metz, Tom Vehorn, Tony Stinebaugh and Terry Blosser posed for a picture at the Breakfast Optimist Park Wednesday afternoon. The Breakfast Optimist Club presented Hayzlett and Metz with information on the park and its equipment after completing their project of fixing the playground equipment and installing it into the park. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)

It took the Breakfast Optimist Club over two years, 1,500 hours of work, thousands of dollars for materials, equipment and land, not to mention all of the sweat, manpower and effort put forth, to complete its portion of Breakfast Optimist Park.

Located on South Water Street, members from the club met on Wednesday afternoon to officially hand over the park to the City of Wapakoneta, Mayor Rodney Metz and Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jack Hayzlett.

The club spent around $13,000 on materials to be used during the construction of the park, and additionally paid the city $20,000 to help purchase the land. The club’s soccer program paid the city $40,000 to complete the purchase, and future plans call for multiple soccer fields, restrooms and parking areas.

Tom Vehorn, a board member of the Breakfast Optimist Club, said the club had been looking for a project for a long time to give back to the community.

Vehorn, Dave Howe, the chairman for the park project and former Breakfast Optimist Club President Terry Blosser said all of the equipment was laying in a pile behind the city building. It had all been discarded from other locations in the city.

“It was quite a challenge to see it all laying there and say, ‘how are we going to make something out of this?’” Vehorn said. “It took a lot of time to separate and sort everything and figure it out.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.


 

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