Over the years, our Rotary Club has undertaken, or assisted in, a number of projects for the betterment of outdoor parks and spaces in the City of Belleville. Our participation has been both financial and/or in the form of sweat equity. To acknowledge our participation, our Club has been recognized at the locations, with plaques and/or signage.  Issues exist at many locations related to deterioration, equipment malfunctions and vandalism.  With the approval of our Board of Directors, John Smale and I have undertaken to work with the City of Belleville to address these issues in 2023. A spin off of this project will be a booklet for our archives that will compliment work already identified in Our 100th anniversary book “A History of the Rotary Club of Belleville”.
To that end, we have identified the following projects that carry a recognition of our contribution:
  • Rotary (Centennial) Ball Park, (Behind Centennial HS, Off Bridge St. W)
  • Alemite Ball Park (102 Pine St.)
  • 75th Anniversary tree plantings on Keegan Pkwy. (Foster to Herchimer)
  • “Rick Meagher/Medigas Rotary Park” (Pirate Ship, East Riverside Park)
  • Rotary International 100th Anniversary “Children of Hope” statue, (Pinnacle & Front)
  • Rotary Music Garden (beside Pirate Ship}
  • Rotary Fitness Park (east of playpark, Bayshore Trail)
  • Field of Ability ball diamond (Parkdale) 
  • Ongoing tree plantings at various locations
  • The four plaques at Camp Merrywood will also be documented 
The reason for this letter is to solicit your participation with respect to any pertinent facts, related to the above locations, that you feel we should include in our summary; for knowledge of any other locations in Belleville that should be documented.  If you have input, please contact Vince Lynch by February 01, 2023.
Yours in Rotary
Vince Lynch (pictured here at the opening of the Rotary Fitness Park)