Purdy Renewal Project underway

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Promoting Purdy Democrat Photo/Murray Bishoff The Purdy Festival offered an ideal opportunity to promote community pride and renewal. The Purdy Renewal Project displayed photos of improvements the group has made at the city park. From left are: Robin Henderson, Kathleen van Voorst, Neal Wass and Philip van Voorst.

Members of the Purdy Renewal Project (PRP) have completed the first phase of improvements to the Purdy City Park.

PRP volunteers gathered for two Saturdays at the park to plant trees, shrubs and plants.

"We planted trees throughout the park and created a nice plant bed in front of the existing caboose," said Kala Bailie, PRP president. "It feels good to get the park improvements started."

Donations of supplies and time were provided by All About Landscaping, The Genesis Project of Purdy, Mike Bennett, Lowe's and the City of Purdy.

Park improvements will continue as an ongoing project for the PRP.

"Our goal is to raise funds through donations, fundraising and grants to purchase some playground equipment for young children to enjoy," Bailie said.

Two fundraising activities are currently underway.

One is the sale of the Purdy centennial history book, "Our Heritage in Story and Picture." Books may be purchased at First State Bank, Hutchens Realty and Utopian Bean, all in Purdy, at a cost of $15.

The second fundraising activity is a program in which donors may purchase engraved paver bricks that will be displayed in Purdy. PRP will begin taking orders for the personalized bricks at the Cows, Cars and Corn Festival on July 21 in Purdy.

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