Sully Ballpark Rejuvenation Project underway

The Sully Hometown Pride Committee, an affiliate of Keep Iowa Beautiful, needs your help! Thank you to those who have already helped fund the Sully Ballpark Rejuvenation Project via memorial donations, the Sully United Fund, or notice in the telephone bills. The city’s water/sewer bills sent next week will have the next fundraiser letter included, and the committee is counting on you to help make the Sully Ballpark Rejuvenation Project a reality.

                A community survey was taken in 2017 that indicated a strong desire overall for rejuvenation of the six-acre Sully Ballpark. In response, a University of Iowa student engineering team donated its services to create a proposal to upgrade and redesign the current park. The 2017 survey was used as a guide to determine the priority and feasibility of upgrades including the addition of an exercise trail, splash pad, upgraded climbing feature, updated multi-purpose court, improved drainage, and new parking lot. It is a huge project.

Using a tree spade last October, Jerry and Ken Hackert remove a tree from the late Paul Hackert’s tree farm at the sawmill south of Sully. A windmill from the past with special meaning is also shown. Hackert’s three daughters donated a total of six trees from the sawmill and tree farm for the Sully Ballpark, which served as the first step in rejuvenation of the park. The sawmill property has since been sold to new owners.

The Sully Hometown Pride Committee is to raise public funds to match grants and city contributions. The first priority for tree removal and replacement (already underway), the one-third mile walking path, and drainage is estimated at $100,000, with council approval needed for working plans.

                The Sully City Council has budgeted $40,000 for the ballpark project this fiscal year accessible by Hometown Pride only via matching funds. Thus far, items and cash donations have totaled $13,275, including six trees donated in memory of Paul Hackert by his daughters and three metal benches donated by Great Western Bank of Sully. If desired, special donors will receive acknowledgment on a permanent story board at the park.

                If you are interested in sponsoring a memorial or other gift that could include naming rights, please contact: Stacey Nikkel at Sully Locker at 594-4240, Lynnville-Sully teacher Nick De Penning at 594-2946, or Margaret Vander Weerdt at Hometown Press, 641-594-2926 or 3200.

                Please make checks payable to City of Sully with Hometown Pride in the MEMO line. Donations may also be mailed to Sully Hometown Pride, PO Box 243, Sully, IA 50251

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