rotary park

Danville Riverview, Danville, and Danville After Hours Rotary Clubs recently announced a collaborative service project to create and install a small Rotary Park along the Riverwalk Trail, marking a $10,000 investment to the trail that will include a $4,000 grant contribution from Rotary District 7570.

The project is designed to transition the water stop in Dan Daniel Memorial Park to a trail destination.

“This year, Rotary has the opportunity to invest in one of the region’s most utilized assets, the Riverwalk Trail,” Riverview Rotary President Glenn McClanahan said. “The Riverwalk has been referred to as a transformational asset that has changed the health and wellness of the community.” 

The trail not only links many recreational assets such as athletic fields, a skate park, an accessible playground and a challenge course, it also provides access to many community amenities such as the River District, multiple parks, Danville Regional Airport, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, as well as area businesses, restaurants and entertainment options.

The trail was also a driving factor when Danville was selected as a “Gateway City” to the future Beaches to Bluegrass trail that will link Virginia Beach to Galax.

The current water stop is located in Dan Daniel Memorial Park behind the Rotary Baseball Fields and features a bench, water fountain and trash receptacle.

The Rotary Service Project, will add a mural to the 100-foot concrete wall, high-quality metal benches featuring the Rotary logo, a bicycle repair station, additional landscaping and shade structures.

All three club presidents agree the project will transform the space into a thought-provoking feature that encourages rest and conversation.

“The Rotary Park service project incorporates the City’s vision, enhances the existing water stop located within the beautiful Riverwalk trail, installs a new bike repair station, and adds a visual presence of Rotary within the City of Danville,” After Hours Rotary President Morgan Epstein Clark said. “The upgraded water stop will now become a destination offering all visitors a place to rest, an appealing shaded area to have a conversation, and a reminder of Rotary’s commitment to service.”

Danville Rotary President Sammy Saunders said the project is a collaborative effort between not only the three clubs, but the City of Danville as well.

“Rotarians will work in partnership with the City of Danville to guide the design process for the concrete wall and the implementation of the service project,” he added.

Rotarians will assist in designing and applying the design to the concrete wall and will also work to install benches and landscaping, shade structures and the bicycle repair station.

Danville Parks and Recreation Director Bill Sgrinia looks forward to the completion of the project and noted the continued contributions of the civic clubs to the Park and Trail system.

“This particular project is a perfect fit to for this area,” Sgrinia said. “The amenities, beautification, and art that is planned for this space will truly make this spot along the 13-mile trail a destination." 

“Danville is grateful for all that Rotary does for our community on an ongoing basis. The baseball fields, boat house, playgrounds, trail signage, Park funding, public art all are valued and appreciated contributions to our community.”  

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