Lakeville Lions President Dave Zimmer presented a check to Lakeville’s Mayor and City Council and Parks and Recreation Director John Hennen for $100,000 for the future construction of a splash pad at Avonlea Community Park, located on the southwest corner of Cedar Avenue and 185th Street. The Lions have committed to donate $500,000 towards the splash pad. The Park and splash pad are proposed to be constructed in 2024 and open for use in 2025.
Paul Jacobus, chairman of the donations committee, indicated that careful review is done to ensure existing groups continue to receive their annual donations. "Being able to fund a large project such as this in incremental funding allows the club to continue our regular community involvement and donations."
“Thank you to the Lakeville Lions for their generosity to our community. Over the years, the Lions have provided well over $250,000 in donations toward parks project like the King Park All-Accessible mini-golf course, the Land of Amazement at Steve Michaud Park, numerous Arts Center projects and improvements, and West Lake Marion Mountain bike course to name a few,” said Lakeville Mayor Doug Anderson. “This new project brings their total donations to over $750,000. All of these projects align with our community values to create a sense of community and belonging and enhance our access to a multitude of recreational opportunities.”
The Lakeville Lions Club's efforts during the Pan-O-Prog Lion’s Beer Garden events help support this remarkable investment. In addition to the club’s Pan-O-Prog Beer Garden, they operate two charitable gambling locations throughout the year. Carbone’s Bar & Grill hosts weekly Lion’s Bingo, pull tabs, and electronic gambling, and The Better Half, the club's new location, hosts paper pull tabs. These partnerships, along with the continual club growth, allow the organization to continue to give back.