Spotlight on the Good Works of the RCM Community Trust: Johnsons Park is Officially Complete!
In March 2014, Past President Rick White announced that the Rotary Club of Milwaukee would award a gift of $100,000 to the Johnsons Park Initiative from the RCM Community Trust. RCM’s $100,000 gift would be fulfilled through the Andrew Bell Grant. Andrew Bell, a past member of the RCM and a tree surgeon by trade, entrusted his fellow Rotarians to honor his legacy by expanding the club’s works in the community. The RCM Community Trust was the recipient of a substantial bequest to be used toward restoring Johnsons Park.
In partnership with the Center for Resilient Cities and Milwaukee County Parks, the renovation of Johnsons Park included upgrades and addition of facilities that promote recreation, arts and community gatherings. Improved sports practice fields will encourage use by the local football teams and other community partners seeking to provide t-ball, soccer and other “non-traditional” sports such as rugby. Tree-lined pathways will provide better circuits for walking and running, while new, energy-efficient lighting will allow for extended hours of safe park use year-round. Benches and bicycle racks will further enhance the park’s functional appeal.
A performance stage, named for the late John Walker, will help facilitate long sought-after community concerts and performances and promote community gatherings. John, a Rotarian for more than 30 years, was a supporter of the project from the very beginning, and was instrumental in making connections, rallying community support, and maintaining fundraising momentum. RCM has received over $40,000 in individual donations from Rotarians and other friends of John in support of this effort.
Johnsons Park was officially unveiled on Thursday, June 23rd with many Rotarians, community leaders and neighbors in attendance. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this effort in restoring one of Milwaukee’s beloved parks!