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Izaak Walton League Park members welcome new, long-awaited picnic shelter

Izaak Walton League Park recently made some enhancements to their facility by adding in a new...
Izaak Walton League Park recently made some enhancements to their facility by adding in a new and long-awaited picnic shelter for their 225 members to use and enjoy.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 7:08 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Izaak Walton League Park recently made some enhancements to their facility by adding in a new and long-awaited picnic shelter for their 225 members to use and enjoy.

Majority of the money used for building the picnic shelter came from a $2,500 Bayer Grant through ‘America’s Farmers Grow Communities.’

Danny Boltz, vice president of the Grand Island chapter of the Isaak Walton League entered for the chance to receive a grant to go toward a local nonprofit of his choice, and after being selected for those funds, he put it towards the picnic shelter.

Mike Gaghagen, president of the GI Isaak Walton said, being awarded this money greatly helped them to complete the project.

“Without this grant we wouldn’t have had this built this year as everybody else, you know, we’ve had a couple years now where we haven’t had any funding because of COVID so, this has really helped this move this along and we’ve needed this for several years,” Gaghagen said.

The picnic area was replacing their old shelter they had had for several decades now. Boltz said, Bayer giving to organizations like theirs meant a lot.

“It’s a really good thing for nonprofit organizations, we really appreciate what Bayer has given to us,” he said.

Boltz continued, though there was a number of ways they were looking to improve Izaak Walton Park, their next step was to redo the bathrooms inside of the park main cabin.

Gaghagen said anyone interested in becoming a member of the league was encouraged to attend one of their meetings inside of the park cabin at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

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