Idaho Falls Rotary donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to city for Heritage Park
The following is a press release from the Idaho Falls Rotary Club on Wednesday.
IDAHO FALLS – Earlier this afternoon, the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls, a local service organization, presented the city of Idaho Falls with a check for $ 700,000 to help develop the city’s newest park , Heritage Park. The check was presented at the club’s weekly luncheon which was also attended by Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and Idaho Falls Director of Parks and Recreation PJ Holm.
“The $ 700,000 is in addition to the roughly $ 100,000 the club has already donated for the project and an additional $ 100,000 to be donated later this year when this phase of the project is expected to come to an end,” Rotarian Kerry Hammon explains. .
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race. Over those 30 years, over $ 5.5 million has been raised, with matching funds from the City of Idaho Falls. All proceeds will go towards improving the River Walk / Greenbelt. Profits have gone specifically to Heritage Park over the past five years.
“Everyone wins when it comes to the Duck Race. Even if you didn’t win a grand prize, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your duck adoptions have served such an incredible project that generations will enjoy for many years to come, ”adds Hammon.
According to the master plan of the heritage park, “The heritage park of more than 14 acres is made possible through a donation of land and commitments from private and non-profit partners and aims to showcase the natural, cultural and Idaho Falls landmark. The park’s advantageous location along the Snake River presents a wonderful opportunity to add to the Idaho Falls park system. ”
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Duck race participants adopt ducks online for a chance to win a jeep, 4 wheeler and many other prizes. The event includes a classic car cruise, dinner and concert the night before, as well as various activities on the day of the event, including speedboat races, a car show and food vendors, the all culminating with the famous duck fall.
“The 19,000 ducks were adopted much earlier this year, making it the most successful year to date,” says Hammon.
This year’s grand prize was a 2014 Jeep Rubicon, courtesy of Idaho Falls Cars & Truck. The first prize was a 2021 Polaris Sportsman HD 4-wheeler, courtesy of the Idaho Central Credit Union.
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