Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2001

Jaycees grant could spruce up downtown gazebo

August 2, 2001

After weathering summer after summer of hot, sticky CPA picnics and the bitter cold of holiday seasons, one Eudora nonagenarian might get a well-deserved facelift.

The United States Jaycees awarded the Eudora chapter with a $1,000 community improvement grant to renovate the 80-something-year-old gazebo in CPA Park.

"This is the first time we applied, and we were very fortunate to get it," Jaycees President Carrie Werst said. "There are usually a lot of applicants."

But first, the organization will take a proposal to the city council Aug. 6 to get permission to undertake the project.

Werst said the organization picked the gazebo, built around 1910, because of the structure's service to the community. The organization has used the gazebo for its Christmas lighting for the past three years. The site also houses Eudora Fest activities of which the Jaycees support greatly, Werst said.

"It's been a focus of our history here, and we feel like it needs a facelift," Werst said. "It's beginning to look deteriorated."

The Jaycees would like to take down the existing wooden structure to put up new columns, and also repair the ceiling, roof and electrical wiring. Although the Jaycees plan to renovate as much as they can on their own, they will have to contract out at least the electrical work.

"We know that can't all be done with a $1,000," Werst said.

The Jaycees will sponsor a community watermelon feed including children's games Aug. 11 in CPA Park where participants can give free-will donations. Werst said the organization had other fund-raising ideas in mind to assist in refurbishing the Eudora landmark.

"We're really excited about it," she said. "It will do something good."

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