The Leadership North Augusta Class of 2012 hopes to provide a shady addition to Creighton Park by this summer.
Each class has to complete a service project, and class member Roy Kibler said the group decided a picnic pavilion at the park would be good for North Augusta residents.
“People that use the park would greatly benefit getting out of the sun while kids play on the playground,” he said.
It would serve parents, provide a place to sit for birthday parties and even be a great place to hold a get-together and barbecue. The plan is to put a new charcoal grill near the pavilion.
Kibler said his leadership class is looking at about four metal tables inside the 28-foot-by-28-foot structure with a metal roof, which is slightly larger than the picnic shelter at Summerfield Park. The pavilion will be placed to the left of the playground when facing the park from Lake Avenue.
One crape myrtle tree will be removed and transplanted to the other side of the playground, he said. Overcup oaks that the city has available at Northview Park will be planted around the pavilion to help provide future shade.
With a concrete idea, the group is now seeking those who would like to donate to the project.
The group has raised almost $9,500, he said, from business donations and the Leadership North Augusta board. The project will cost about $19,000.
“We are still actively trying to get donations through local businesses,” he said.
A Facebook page has been set up for the project, Creighton Park Pavilion, which allows donations through PayPal.
Checks payable to North Augusta 2000, which oversees Leadership North Augusta, can be dropped off at the North Augusta 2000 office, 406 West Ave. The group is also seeking in-kind donations of materials needed to build the structure and volunteer contractors to help build it.
Kibler said Leadership North Augusta would like to have funding secured for the pavilion by the mid-March so it can be completed by the end of May.
“We are optimistic that we can meet our goal,” he said, noting that the class needs to have funds for the shelter before ordering it. The shelter is $15,000 and it takes seven weeks for the shelter to be built and shipped.
For more information, call Kibler at (803) 441-4244.