The Central Park sub-committee of the City of Hillsboro Natural Resources Committee launched the Reinventing Central Park campaign at the Oct. 5 Imagine Hillsboro European-Style Harvest Market. Volunteers kicked off their fundraising campaign, bringing in $3,200 that day.
The booth, located in the middle of Vendor Avenue on Main Street, was bustling the entire six hours of the market with interested citizens learning about their plans.
"There is quite a bit of interest for a new park in our wonderful town and a general revitalization and return to use of our Central Park," said volunteer Kendra Wright.
"The improvements include a new inclusive playground, a sprayground, a pavilion, restrooms, a ball diamond update and trails."
The committee announced that there will be a duck race in the creek in Central Park on Saturday Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. For $25, people can buy a duck to race that day.
Ducks racing will be assigned a number and if your number wins, the first place prize is $300. Second place prize is $200 and third place is $100.
Forty-eight of the 100 available ducks were sold during the market, but the remaining ducks will be available for sale at Black Rabbit Coffee and City Hall.
"You need not be present to win that day, but I am sure that the event will be tons of fun," Wright said.
During the Harvest Market, kids were asked to draw their idea of the best park ever, and more than 75 kids drew their vision. Each child that drew (or their adult) was entered into a drawing. Cason Martincic won eight pool passes to Central Park Pool, Nancy Reynolds won six passes to the Orpheum Theatre,and Rachel Beckett won a free Central Park T-shirt.
T-shirts were also sold during the Harvest Market. Soft T-shirts sporting the new Central Park logo in sizes from youth small to adult XXL in navy and army green are still available.
If anyone is interested in a T-shirt, contact volunteer Brian Limbaugh at 660-473-2073 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone interested in donating to help fund the park improvements or volunteer to help with the planning and projects, please contact Natural Resources Board President Kendra Wright at 217-556-6890 or email@example.com.