Plans to rehab Wildomar’s three city parks are underway with
an organizing committee consisting of the eight United Methodist Churches,
Wildomar city staff, the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce and various community
The group is working to refurbish Marna O’Brien, Regency Heritage and Windsong parks, to ready all for reopening. While Measure Z assures revenues to keep the parks maintained, upfront money and work is needed to get the parks ready for the public after a long period of closure.
One “sponsor” has helped in a big way – and the giving continues. According to Tom Pilkington, chair of the Great Day of Service project, a sponsor -- who prefers not to be named -- donated a matching gift of $40,000 to the parks’ cause.
Pilkington said that sponsor is continuing to match any gift of $5,000 or greater. Donations of $5,000 or more will also be thanked via permanent plaques that will be installed at all three parks: Each of the three plaques will list the names or businesses of those who gifted.
Pilkington said several sponsors have already stepped forward with gifts of cash or materials.
For those interested in giving, all checks should be directed to the City of Wildomar and marked for the Great Day of Service, Pilkington said. Donations can also be made on the city website, www.cityofwildomar.org.
Pilkington is spearheading the Oct. 26 Great Day of Service, when, from 7 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., volunteers will place about 6,000 plants at the three parks. Volunteers are still needed for the event. Interested parties can sign up for the Great Day of Service at 2013GreatDayOfService.org. A lunch will be served to volunteers following the plantings, Pilkington continued.
In the meantime, there is a fundraising opportunity occurring Sept. 28 when from 8 a.m. to noon there will be a “Tile Wall Art” painting session at all three Wildomar parks. For a $20 donation, families can paint one or more tiles that will form a wall in the Marna O’Brien snack bar and will serve as a permanent reminder of the contributions made by the community. The event is scheduled to repeat Oct. 19, Pilkington said.
There will be another fundraiser at Stadium Pizza, 32278 Clinton Keith Road, on October 10 with a portion of the proceeds from all sales that day going to the parks’ rehab project. (Be sure to mention Great Day of Service when you order your pizza!)