Over the summer, City Parks and Recreation Director Cindi Danke was contacted by the friends of a veteran who wanted to donate a brick in Veterans Park.
Danke contacted the River Falls Rotary, as that group manages the brick donations in Veterans Park. When the club members started looking into the donation, they realized the park could use some sprucing up, said Rotary member Scott Morrissette.
Trees and shrubs needed pruning, gardens needing weeding, the bench on top of the collapsable band shell needed to be refinished and some trees needed to be removed.
"So we started looking into it, and we thought we should probably reconnect," Morrissette said.
The River Falls Rotary put a lot of work into the park around 2003-2004, Morrissette said. Now, he said he'd like to see Rotary visit the park twice a year to clean up and maintain its appearance.
Morrissette said bricks are still available for purchase in honor of a veteran, or anybody. He said the proceeds go into supporting and improving Veterans Park, a project Rotary is working on with River Falls American Legion Post 121.
Morrissette said a group of Rotarians, Second Street gardeners, City Director of Operations Mike Stifter (who volunteered to bring a truck down and haul yard waste away) and many others offered their elbow grease the day of the cleanup.