To the Editor:

The Rotary Club of New Milford has planted the Rotary wheel sign, the symbol of Rotary International, as the centerpiece of its new Rotary Park at the intersection of Bridge Street and routes 67 and 202.

The park symbolizes the club's commitment to the community of New Milford.

The idea for the park originated with Frank Wargo, who saw this land as a "gateway to New Milford," which could be a beautification project for the club.

We wish to acknowledge the many people who helped make this project possible.

The Rotary sign was donated by Frank Wargo.

Richard Schipul of Designing Eden has generously donated his services to design a plan for the placement of the sign and the design for landscaped beds for the park.

After initial plantings are installed, the club will begin planning for phase two of the park. The intent is to make this a beautiful area to enjoy year round, either while driving past or walking through it.

Thank you also to Mayor Pat Murphy, assistant Tammy Reardon and economic development supervisor Vin Nolan.

Rotarians who also assisted are past president Sharon Ward, president Terri Profita, past president Oscar Rasmussen, past president Dave Elmore and secretary Katy Francis.

Thank you to Swenson Granite for the granite post and to Churyk Iron Works for the bracket

Special thanks again to Mayor Pat Murphy for making this Rotary Park possible.

The Rotary Club plans to continue to enhance this beautification project for years to come.

Sharon Ward

Past president

Rotary Club

of New Milford