“What this means is that McKee Foods is going to support 50 projects in 50 states over a five year span, making public greenways, trails and parks available to people everywhere,” an announcer states in a slickly produced promotion posted on the corporate website. “We want to create places where people can get up, get out and get active because leading an active lifestyle is a great way to lead a happier life.”
Parks Director Mike Meersman said the City appreciates funding that enabled construction and completion of the finest ramada in the city parks network.
“It’s a beautiful ramada with brand new picnic tables, a brand new grill, two brand new memorial benches and all of the landscaping around it was donated,” Meersman said. “The area it sits in is beautiful too, in the pine trees and the shade there, it’s a beautiful setting and it turned out great.
Human Resource Partner Deborah Skomski said the local distribution center and the McKee Foods corporate family is happy to provide the amenity.
“We’re really pleased as a company and an organization to let people enjoy it,” Skomski said. She said it has been wonderful to drive by the park and see people using the ramada.
Meersman said individuals and organizations have made a number of donations helping local parks improve over many, many years. “There’s a lot of good in our community, a lot of giving people and I think we’re very fortunate,” he said.
Meersman said anyone interested in sponsoring or donating can review a list of desired park improvement projects. Nucor Steel recently donated railroad-themed benches at Locomotive Park and the Kingman Venture Club is approaching a $250,000 fundraising goal for a local splash pad.
Meersman noted ongoing efforts to fund shade cover for bleachers at the Southside Park as well as shade improvements he said are needed for various playgrounds.