The Decorah Rotary Club (DRC) is proud to be the first major donor to this new, completed phase of development at Carlson Park in Decorah--the Binzebo Trail Hub located just south of IA-9 near Pleasant Ave. The club succeeded in obtaining a $5,000 grant from Rotary District 5970 and contributed $7,000 of matching funds to cover the cost of the binzebo, which is the first element in the new phase of Carlson Park development. The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department has created an endowment fund with the Winneshiek County Community Foundation with a goal of raising $250,000 to complete the initial phases of development. This endowment fund accepts gifts from the entire Decorah community supporting the park's development and maintenance. DRC funds are raised through the dedicated volunteer efforts of its members at events such as pork chop sales at the Winneshiek County Fair and Nordic Fest and the annual DRC Chili Supper.
Our club extends its sincere thanks to Rotary District 5970 for their assistance and sponsorship, to Decorah Human Powered Trails for their extensive volunteer efforts and provision of tools and supplies, to the Decorah Parks and Recreation staff for their leadership and vision for Carlson Park, and to all of our members who have freely given their time, talent, and resources to bring this project to fruition.
For images of the construction please visit the companion photo album at Decorah Rotary Club Binzebo Trail Hub.
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