Rotary expanding playground at park

ContributedThe Grove City Rotary Club is adding the buddy rocker to the handicap-accessible playground at Grove City Memorial Park.

GROVE CITY – The Grove City Rotary Club is adding to its playground project at Grove City Memorial Park.

“Our goal now is to add on every two years,” said John Garzarelli, club president.

About four years ago, the club donated several pieces of playground equipment that are handicap-accessible; that was spearheaded by former Rotary member Darla Motta and member Matt Cyphert.

They are located toward the rear of the park near the Girl Scout lodge.

During a recent club meeting, Rotary members decided to expand the playground this year, then add new equipment every other year.

The new piece will be a “buddy rocker” – it resembles a teeter-totter and holds multiple children.

The initial project was funded by a matching grant from Rotary International and three sponsors. The new addition will be funded the same way, and the club will apply for the grant again for 2021, Garzarelli said.

It should be ready to go in the next three or four weeks, and it will be installed by a crew from Grove City borough.

“They’re great for that,” he said.

The all-volunteer club has had great feedback on the existing playground, and the members are excited to expand the handicap-accessible offerings, said Garzarelli, the club’s outgoing president. Susan Boland takes over July 1.

In other Rotary news, the club is finishing its project to update the Memorial Garden at the park. They still have to plant some more bushes and shrubs and tidy up the center area, and Garzarelli thanked all of the volunteers who helped.

The club is still selling its copies of its 2019 Rotary Community Lottery Calendar for $25. Calendars can be purchased at Mercer County State Bank, Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, and McGill, Power, Bell and Associates, LLP.

Participants can win cash and prizes based on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s evening numbers, and proceeds help the club support the community. Garzarelli reminds folks that this fundraiser takes the place of the Rotary auction.

Club members are also gearing up for the annual Grove City Strawberry Days festival, which will be held June 7 to 9 at the park.

The Rotary will be raising money by selling strawberry shortcake and hosting a 50/50 raffle.

FOR more information about the Grove City Rotary Club, including how to become a member, visit the group’s Facebook page or call President John Garzarelli at 724-458-9781.