Foun­da­tion din­ner/auc­tion planned to en­hance Cres­cent Park fea­tures

Moose Jaw - - Front Page - By Ron Wal­ter - For Moose Jaw Ex­press Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@sask­

Pro­ceeds from a fundrais­ing din­ner and auc­tion at the Her­itage Inn on Sept. 20 will go to­wards en­hance­ments in Cres­cent Park.

“We want to make some en­hance­ments to the Am­phithe­atre,” said Ge­orge Pat­ter­son, chair­man of the Cres­cent Park Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion has been do­ing im­prove­ments at the park since 1971.

Im­prove­ments at the Am­phithe­atre in­volve space in front of the pav­il­ion. “Peo­ple like to dance there but there is noth­ing other than the as­phalt pathway. It isn’t big enough.” Re­plac­ing a 40-foot stone re­tain­ing wall and pro­vid­ing wheel­chair ac­cess forms part of the plan.

“Some of the benches should be re­placed but that is not a burn­ing is­sue.”

And the foun­da­tion would like to in­crease the num­ber of pic­nic tables at the splash park area. There are only two. The foun­da­tion has a $50,000 goal for the fundrais­ing cam­paign and the din­ner/auc­tion event. “The re­cep­tion to the fundrais­ing cam­paign has been great with a num­ber of $1,000 do­na­tions.

The Sept. 20 event starts at 5:30 with cock­tails and a roast beef/salmon din­ner at 6:30. A live auc­tion and silent auc­tion will oc­cur.

The live auc­tion fea­tures items like a two-per­son fly-in fish­ing camp trip, a Traeger bar­be­cue, a Grant McLaugh­lin paint­ing of dogs play­ing poker, and a Steady Me­tal­works sculp­ture.

Tick­ets, $40 each, are avail­able by call­ing 306-690-3289, 306-631-3533, or 306-684-9354.

Past en­hance­ments by the foun­da­tion in­clude the paved pathway en­trance to the library, arched and stone en­trances on Lang­don Cres­cent, Athabasca Street and Third Av­enue, the Cen­ten­nial foun­tain, and an ac­ces­si­ble ramp near the out­door pool.

More re­cent work has in­volved tree sculp­tures and re­place­ment of old trees.

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