Greenwood Newsletter December 7, 2016
GREENWOOD PARK AND REC
This picture was the picture brought before the Village Council as their project
I as a citizen of Greenwood cannot thank the Greenwood Park and Rec for putting in countless hours and I am sure miles to see this project go from a suggestion to completion...this was not done overnite and it took over a year to complete...thank you Jim Swenson for your knowledge of this project and also the experience of writing and receiving Grants to get this mission accomplished...I for one was very excited to see this happening and was over there constantly to see what was developing with my camera and will share those photos with you
Village of Greenwood
619 Main Street ● PO Box 190 ● Greenwood, NE 68366 ● 402.789.2300
Press Release – Greenwood Playground December 5, 2016
Points of Contact: Jim Swenson Vice-Chairman, Greenwood Park & Recreation Committee
Marcia Fiala – Greenwood Village Clerk 402-789-2300
Numerous improvements have taken place at the Village of Greenwood public park in recent years thanks to efforts of the Greenwood Park and Recreation Committee. These have occurred thanks to generous support of citizen volunteers and organizations, as well as financial contributions and encouragement from the Village Board and numerous private and public donors. Improvements include a new modern restroom, renovated picnic shelter and new tables, new water fountain, horseshoe pits, new trees, portable soccer bleachers, and an informational kiosk. The dugouts at the baseball field have also been improved thanks to an ambitious resident Eagle Scout.
The most recent improvement is the addition of a large, three story playground structure, and a new set of swings, an artificial climbing rock, climbing net, and modern style merry-go-round. The playground is also surfaced with a combination of wood-chips and rubber surfacing to guarantee user safety and also provide full accessibility for all guests. Wheelchair access is provided from parking stalls located near the restroom and along a winding cement path that leads to the entrance of the play area. Installation was completed on December 1st and the playground was opened to the public the same day. Crouch Recreation of Elkhorn, owned by Eric and Nicole Crouch, was the contractor selected by a competitive bid process. Mr. Crouch’s product line is provided by Miracle Recreation Company. Installation was carried out by local contractor Dostals Construction Company. “We are very impressed with the quality of the play features, the professional customer service provided by Eric Crouch and the expertise of the installation team supervised by Bodie Dostal”, said Jim Swenson, “both were very flexible and also willing to provide a few extras that allowed us to have a great final product”.
The new playground replaces equipment that was installed in the 1970’s. Many of the play features were in need of maintenance and some were beyond reasonable repair. The gravel substrate did not allow for easy access for visitors with mobility challenges. Swenson commented that local youth have suggested the need for a new playground to the park and rec committee so it has been a top priority. “It has been rewarding to see the youth and adults visit the park to see progress with the new playground, and it was great to hear the excited voices of the kids that were first to try it out last week. We can’t wait until the spring soccer program starts and those kids are able to experience the new play features”.
In addition to funds provided by the Village keno revenue and contributions of local citizens, the Village’s park improvements have been aided tremendously by the financial contributions of many generous donors. The playground project was made possible with major contributions from;
Cass County Tourism - (www.visitcasscounty.com) – Capital Improvement Fund
The Peter Kiewit Foundation
The National Park Service – Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Each of these sources requires a detailed application process. Cass County Tourism and the Peter Kiewit Foundation have also funded prior park projects. The Land and Water Conservation Fund helped to develop the original park play feature that was replaced.
Swenson confirms that, “We would not be able to see these improvements in Greenwood without their support, and we can be thankful that we are the beneficiaries of their generous contributions. Small communities are faced with numerous financial challenges in working to provide vital services and maintain infrastructure. Our most sincere thanks to those benefactors who make this possible, I encourage our citizens to express their gratitude to each of them as well”.
All of these improvements have revitalized the Village Park and allow it to be a venue for outdoor activity, sporting events and family gatherings. Events include the annual Greenwood Day celebration, annual Easter egg hunt, youth soccer and numerous family picnics. Tentative plans call for a dedication of the new playground in the spring as a part of the Village’s park clean-up day.
BELOW IS SOME PHOTO'S THAT I TOOK AND I AM BY NO MEANS A PRO BUT WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE PROGRESS FROM BEGINNING TO END
THE GREENWOOD FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY IS SPONSORING THIS EVENT AND THEY WILL BE TAKING PICTURES OF YOUR CHILD WITH SANTA...
FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT AWARE OF WHERE THIS IS ...IT IS AT WHAT WAS THE GREENWOOD SCHOOL HOUSE NOW OWNED BY THE VALOR CHRISTIAN ACADEMY.
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Greenwood Christian Church is located at 447 Elm Street, Greenwood, NE 68366
Open Hospitality Room & Open Sanctuary Prayer 9:15-9:45am
Worship Service 10:00-11:15am (Children's Church & Nursery Available)Tuesday's
Troop 34 Boy Scouts Meeting 7:00pm
Scout Master: Greg LoubertWednesday's
6:30-7:30pm Kids Bible Club & Youth Group for ages 3-18. Free to attend.History: According to past pastors, Gail Portenier wrote: This church was organized in 1863 and is now 151 years of age. The present building, which has been modified several times was built in 1874.
ASHLAND GREENWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMING EVENTS FOR THE WEEK
THURSDAY DECEMBER 8.....K-3RD GRADE WINTER CONCERT 7 PM
FRIDAY DECEMBER 9..........MS BOYS BB AT WAVERLY C TEAM 2 GAMES 4:15 PM
GIRLS & BOYS BB HOME ELMWOOD MURDOCK JV FIRST VG
THEN VB 4:30
SATURDAY DECEMBER 10...MSBB AT YUTAN TOURNAMENT 8TH GR. ONLY 9 AM
WRESTLING JV/V AT CRETE INVITATIONAL 9:30 AM
GIRLS & BOYS BB HOME LOUISVILLE JV FIRST THEN VG AND VB
MONDAY DECEMBER 12.....GB/BB C TEAM AT ELMWOOD MURDOCK 6 PM AT MURDOCK
TUESDAY DECEMBER 13....GIRLS BB/JV/V AT MILFORD 6 PM
ROUND THE BEND STEAK HOUSE