Central Gardens’ Capitol Campaign On The Road To Success
Central Gardens is at the 3-month mark of a capital campaign its board of directors announced in June to raise $220,000 in anticipation of the Gardens’ 20th anniversary in 2020. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that good progress has been made to that goal, and that they are optimistic that a positive announcement can be made in June of 2020 that the campaign was a success.
“Upgrade 2020” as the campaign has been dubbed, consists of twelve very specific projects to improve or repair the grounds. One of those projects, the Eighth Street Barrier, has already begun with the planting of a truckload of trees and shrubs on the western boundary that will eventually provide a sound barrier to protect street traffic noise from drifting into the Gardens. Another major project that will begin in the next few weeks is the installation of new drainage and irrigation systems in the large Ceremonial Lawn.
“We are grateful to our early donors for their generosity so we can begin the work that is necessary to keep the Gardens a beautiful destination for all of North Iowa and beyond,” said Bob Rennebohm, chair of the board of directors’ design committee and a licensed landscape architect. “Unique to this capital campaign is that one-half of all dollars raised goes to the permanent endowment, thus ensuring Central Gardens’ existence in perpetuity”.
Also slated for completion this fall are improvements to the large fountain at the south gate and the addition of an arch and finials to the two columns at the main entrance. The complete list of projects can be found on Central Gardens website, centralgardensnorthiowa.com. Donations can be sent to Box 735, Clear Lake, IA 50428.