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Kiwanis International makes donation to island’s Kiwanis Park

August 28, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

At the Wednesday morning meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island, Bruce Boyd presented a check for $10,000 to be used for the renovation of the new Kiwanis Park. Boyd is the Florida District chair of the Kiwanis International Foundation.

Kiwanis Park, formerly the Lions Park, is located on the grounds of the St. James City Civic Association. which is on the corner of Lemon Street and 4th Avenue.

"I am happy to present the Pine Island Kiwanis with a check for $10,000 for the Kiwanis Park renovation," Boyd said. "This is quite a wonderful project you have here and we're happy to be a part of it."

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Tonya Player, left, accepts the $10,000 donation from Bruce Boyd, the Florida District chair for the Kiwanis International Foundation.

The Pine Island Lions Club established the park 20 years ago. When the Lions Club disbanded this year, the gate was locked and the park was closed due to disrepair.

"This park is the only park in St. James City for the children," local resident Cindy Bickford said. "My grandchildren, and lots of children in St. James City use this park. It's important that we keep it."

At a community meeting organized by Bickford, a number of residents and businesses donated money and volunteered services to save the park. The first corporate sponsor, Honc Industries, cleared the old playground equipment from the park and Maximum Solutions donated a new swing.

Susan Saulsbery, Kiwanis secretary, announced at Wednesday's meeting they have added another corporate sponsor, Woody's Waterside. Woody's will donate gift cards that could benefit the park fund from $5,000 to $10,000 beginning Sept. 1. Contact Woody's for details.

"It will take a total of $45,000 to complete the park," Saulsbery said. "With this $10,000 donation today we've raised $32,000 so far and once the children's playground is completed I'm hoping to increase our budget a little so we can add some exercise equipment. This would be a great addition for older children and adults and make the park more multi-generational."

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. To join Pine Island Kiwanis attend a weekly meeting at Bert's Bar. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m.

Bunco for the park is back!

Due to popular demand, Bunco will be held on Sunday, Sept 8, 2-4 p.m., at Saint James City Civic Association.

All proceeds will be donated to the Kiwanis Park. Bunco is a dice game played at tables in groups of 4 people. There is no need to know how to play, instructions will be provided. It was a huge hit when we played in July. It's $10 per person to play and reservations are strongly encouraged.

The game is limited to 60 people. Call Cindy to reserve your spot or have any questions 282-9478 or email



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