By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The City of Imperial and several local organizations were given a big “thank you” Sunday by about 80 people attending a celebratory ice cream social at Campbell Park, also known as the city park. That’s because new rest rooms have just been completed, and new playground equipment was erected in the last year.
Speaking before the crowd was City Council member Lynn Luhrs, representing Mayor Annie Longan, who was unable to attend. She accepted the keys to the rest room facility from Imperial Lions Club President Merril Humphreys, who also said a few words.
Byron Hust of the Masonic Lodge and Marvin Large of the Imperial Community Foundation also spoke prior to the serving of the ice cream.
Humphreys said support of the Lions bingo stand during the Chase County Fair and other projects such as its peach sales helped provide the funds for the club to complete such projects as the new rest rooms. The Lions are providing over half of the cost of the facility, which is estimated to cost over $30,000.
City sales tax funds, the Imperial Community Foundation, Imperial Rotary Club, Imperial Purity Lodge, Eagles Auxiliary, Giving Circle and Imperial Education Association also contributed to the rest room project.
The playground equipment was funded by a Peter Kiewit Foundation grant, city sales tax money, Frenchman Valley Coop, Land O’ Lakes, Ameritas Investment Corp, the Giving Circle, a Nebraska Community Improvement Program award, a fundraiser at Chase County Schools, a raffle through local businesses and the sale of note cards.
The equipment cost $41,000 and is located near the Lions picnic shelter and new rest room at the east end of Campbell Park.
New residents to the community received invitations to Sunday’s event. Eighty people were served ice cream sundaes by the Zion Lutheran Church youth following the program.