Members of the Manila Lions Club kicked off their project to construct a new restroom facility at the Manila City Park last week with a ground-breaking ceremony.
Lion members are excited about the project and hope to have the new facility in place in May.
Through the years the Manila Lions Club has spear headed other projects for the city park including constructing pavilions.
Lion President Terry Carr said they have received good support for the project and several residents have volunteered labor to help. The City of Manila appropriated $3,500 last week and First National Bank donated $1,000 to get the construction started.
Carr said an estimated cost of the 20 x 24 foot building is between $10,000-$12,000.
In addition to donations, the Lions Club will sponsor fund-raisers. The first event is a fish or chicken dinner scheduled for Friday, April 12, at the Manila Airport Center. Tickets are $7 a plate and are available from any Lions Club member or Little League player. Tickets will also be available at the door. Dine-in or carry-outs will be available.
Anyone that would like to donate to the project can mail a donation to Manila Lions Club, P.O. Box 43, Manila, AR 72442.
"We have a lot of activities at the park throughout the spring and summer months. We have 10 ball tournaments scheduled there this summer. In addition to the ballgames, there are many people that use the city park and family reunions held there. The restroom facility is a real need and the Lions are very pleased to help with the project. It will enhance our park," Carr said.
Jerry Sims, Chairman of the Board of First National Bank, presented $1,000 to Jerry Hitchcock Lion secretary and treasurer on Thursday. Sims was very complimentary of the Manila park facility.
"On the recommendation of Danny Robbins, The First National Bank is pleased to donate $1,000 and hope it will act as seed money for the project. We are proud to be a community partner in this project," Sims said.