August 6, 2002
by Ashley Harper
The sound of children playing is music to Peggy Alderman's ears.
"Every time I ride by I see either a birthday party or a group of kids playing," said Alderman.
Peggy is past president of Adel's Pilot club - the group responsible for developing the city's brand new park.
"It was a dream of some of the members, so we decided to put in on paper and make it a reality," said Glynda Hemby, Pilot club member.
The Pilot club developed the idea of a new city park in 1999. They held a variety of fund raising activities and received several grants to make their dream become a reality.
"We held several golf tournaments to raise the money and received a few state grant funds we applied for," said Alderman.
The total cost of the park is an estimated $100,000.00. But, with the donations of many local businesses, that cost was nearly cut in half.
"We had the pipes donated, the wood chips in the play area, and also the asphalt on the track," said Sylvia Barr, Pilot club member. "The community really went out and helped us so much."
The new park includes a covered picnic area, barbecue grills, a gazebo, and a playground area for children.
"It gives our children a place to come and play, and the adults really enjoy it too," said Michele Norris, Cook county Pre-K teacher.
It took three years to raise the money and build Adel's new park - proof of what a small town can do when people come together to better their community.