• Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Application Date: 5/31/2018
  • Club Name: Chatham
  • Project Name: Rotary Park Renovation
  • Project Total Expenditures: $8,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $4,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Chatham Rotary Club created “Rotary Park” more than twenty years ago as a centerpiece of our town, adding to the beauty and charm of Chatham and offering a green space for community gatherings. The park has trees, shrubs, and other plants, a small sidewalk, a fountain, and flag pole with Rotary flag.

    Adjacent to the main Pittsylvania County Administration building at the north end of the town’s commercial district, the park has served as the location of Chatham Rotary’s Annual Community Festival, the Rotary Christmas Tree, the start and finish line of the annual town 5k race, and a gathering place for residents walking through town. In the past, the park had a location to hang large banners announcing community events. However, that element is no longer functioning.

    While regularly maintained by Rotarians over the years, many of the park’s plants are now overgrown and the original fencing is beyond repair. In addition, the park currently offers no seating options for residents to rest and visit with each other as they are walking through town.

    (Attached are current photographs of Rotary Park, as well as a rendering of the renovated park.)
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 9/1/2018
  • Expected End Date: 4/30/2019
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 1500
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: In recent years, the Town of Chatham, along with Chatham First, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is community and economic development, - and often in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chatham – have focused on town improvement projects. Recent projects have included the renovation of Competition Alley (the only remaining street from the town’s early history when it was known as “Competition”), a new park/green space at the south entrance to town, a community herb garden, and new banners, hanging baskets, and historic street signs, throughout the town’s commercial district.

    Rotary Park anchors the north end of the commercial district and, once renovated, will continue to serve as a gathering place, as well as a base for community events.
  • Estimated Total Project Volunteer Hours: 40
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will complete landscaping and painting, as well as project management and publicity. The Club will continue regular park maintenance in the future.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: There will be Rotary signage on the park itself, as well as a Rotary flag. The project will be publicized through the Club’s Facebook page and website, press releases to local news media, and to the District newsletter.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: N/A
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload:E- DG2015-Budget-Template-3.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Alisa Davis
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Projects Chair
  • Primary Contact Email: adavis@reidstreetgallery.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 434-433-2264
  • Financial Contact Name: Phil Mauger
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer/President-Elect
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    PO Box 855
    Chatham, VA 24531
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  • Financial Contact Email: phil@outstaffling.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 434-432-8600
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterChatham Proj Auth Letter.jpg
  • Project Supporting Uploads:FullSizeRender (3).jpg, FullSizeRender (4).jpg, Rotary Park rendering.jpg
  • Grant Number: 1819-04
  • Grant Award: $4,000.00