Kettering Service Clubs Make Historic Pledge

In December of 2011 the four local major services clubs joined forces to support the Kettering Parks Foundation. The Rotary Club of Kettering, Dorwood-Optimists, Noon Optimists, and the Kettering – Centerville Kiwanis clubs all joined forces and pledged a combined gift of $34,000 to the Reach for the Sky Campaign. This gift is historic in that it marks the first time that any of the club members can recall that all four service clubs joined together to support a single program. The gifts came from the clubs, foundations and individual club members as well, and the donation enabled the Reach for the Sky Campaign to surpass the 50% fundraising mark. The Kettering Parks Foundation is extremely appreciative of the generosity of these great organizations, and it is another example of why the Kettering Community is such a great place to live, work and play.

Pondview Park to Receive $106,000 in Additional Upgrades

Kettering, OH ­– In early 2011, Pondview Park underwent a $760,000 upgrade to create Ohio’s first self-guided environmental park designed to help people of all abilities experience nature. The renovations were extensive and included the addition of a fully accessible trail system, six learning pods, scenic overlooks and observation points, a forest growth learning site, prairie restoration and a butterfly garden.

The newly renovated park opened to rave reviews in April of 2011, and has quickly become a destination point for families, class field trips, and individuals of all abilities. $426,000 of the original funding was made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to The Dayton Foundation, and in May, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced that it was allowing select organizations to apply for additional funding. This funding is to be used for site upgrades that were not originally addressed with the initial construction, or to resolve issues that were identified post construction.

The Dayton Foundation applied on behalf of the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and was awarded a follow-up grant of $106,000. This funding will be utilized for site upgrades and improvements. The plans will be created using universal design elements to keep the integrity of the initial concept and ensure that individuals of all abilities will have full access to the entire park.

“We are extremely thankful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Dayton Foundation for enabling us to make these additional renovations” Stated Marybeth Thaman, Director Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts “The initial project has been so well received by the community and we are pleased to be able to further enhance this already amazing facility.”

The project is currently in the design stages with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2011.

Foundation Awarded $41,804 Grant

The Kettering Parks Foundation (KPF) was awarded a $41,804 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Specialized Transportation Program for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. The grant will be used to purchase a new wheelchair accessible vehicle for the Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center’s (CIL) Senior Transportation Program. The new van, which is to be purchased in early 2009, is expected to make more than 3,000 trips next year and will replace an existing non-accessible vehicle.

In 2007, the Senior Transportation Program provided transportation to nearly 500 seniors to essential appointments such as: medical, grocery shopping, banking, pharmacies, visits to family in nursing homes and hospitals. Using wheelchair accessible
buses and cars operated by paid staff and trained volunteers, the program provides safe and reliable transportation to aide in maintaining the health and independence of area seniors. The wheelchair accessible buses are also used to transport individuals with disabilities involved in the Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department (PRCA) programs.

The KPF provides funding for special programs and projects of the PRCA Department. Through funds raised from community donations, special events, grants and corporate contributions, the KPF is able to provide much needed support to ensure that Kettering
residents have beautiful parks and enriching recreational opportunities. The KPF strives to be a sustainable non-profit foundation inspiring philanthropy and a passion for the parks and recreational resources in Kettering. They are committed to ensuring that individuals, organizations and corporate leaders see the value of bridging the gap between identified needs and available public funds for Kettering parks, programs and facilities.

For more information call (937) 296-2454.