Planned nature center receives donation
A donation of $100,000 to the Sandusky County Park District will be used to construct a nature center at Creek Bend Farm Park in the Village of Lindsey, the district has announced.
The presentation of the gift is scheduled for Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the restored barn at Creek Bend Farm, 654 S. Main Street, Lindsey.
The donation – from Joe and Sharon Wilson, of Clyde, - is one of the largest cash donations received in the 40-year history of the park district.
Sharon has been a member of the board of park commissioners for 18 years on the board of park commissioners.
“Joe and I are excited to be able to give back to the local community and we hope that our support helps the nature center become a reality. We are confident that the center will provide long-term benefits for people throughout the county. The Sandusky County Park District has a reputation of sound stewardship of resources and is deserving of our support," Sharon said.
The Wilsons have chosen to make their donation through the Sandusky County Communities Foundation. The foundation was established in 1998 to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the county.
The idea of a nature center stems from public meetings in 2004. The planning process incorporated ideas and opinions from hundreds of county residents and community based surveys supported the increased programming and nature displays that a nature center would provide.
The 4,000 square foot, $1.5 million project is being designed by the Toledo architectural firm, The Collaborative.
“We are thrilled that the Wilsons have entrusted us with such generous support," said park district director Steve Gruner. "This significant contribution initiates a capital campaign for construction of a nature center that will provide endless benefits for years to come. We are hopeful that others will follow the Wilson’s lead and consider contributing to this exciting project. All donations, regardless of amount, will make a difference and will be gratefully accepted."