Businesses give Walnut $50,000 for park

WALNUT – Two local businesses presented checks to the city of Walnut on Wednesday that contribute significantly to the Walnut Kidz Town construction.
Ashley Furniture and The Peoples Bank each donated $25,000 to the construction project, which to date has cost about $130,000, said Walnut Mayor Vicki Skinner.
“The community really turned out last month to do the work,” she said. “The football boys gave us a good head start because we had 100 holes to dig. Then the softball girls came out later. We had a real good turnout from everyone.”
The community rallied to raise money for the first phase of construction, holding an auction, barbecue and other events.
“The Peoples Bank had said if the community raised $25,000 they would match it, then Ashley Furniture said they would donate $25,000,” Skinner said.
Although the Kidz Town structures are complete, plans include building a bathroom onto the existing pavilion, a second pavilion and a walkway connecting the two structures, Skinner said. Later they hope to construct a walking track as well.
“We had some lumber and lot of nails and screws left from the build, so everybody said let’s go ahead and work on the other projects,” Skinner said.

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