Catawba Garden Club helps sustain beautiful Braun Memorial Park

Members of the Catawba Island Garden Club present a check present $1,000 check to the beautification of Dr. John E. Braun Memorial Park

The Catawba Island Garden Club last week donated the proceeds of its summer plant sales to the beautification of Dr. John E. Braun Memorial Park on Catawba Island. Presenting a check for $1,000 to help sustain the pristine park are, left to right, park president Larry Schultz and garden club president Terry Zeman, park treasurer Don Dougherty, plant sale chairman Connie Long and club treasurer Linda Higgins. (Photo by D’Arcy Egan)

The Dr. John E. Braun Memorial Park on Catawba Island is a pristine area enjoyed by many, but it has been difficult to keep the park in tip-top shape through the years because it is a non-profit organization. The park receives no state, county, township or federal funding, but it does have a very good friend in the Catawba Island Garden Club.

The garden club has a summer plant sale each year, and in 2019 it donated $1,000 of its summer sales venture to the park. The much-needed grant ensures that the park remains a place where area children can play and enjoy games and where adults can have picnics and gatherings.

“The park sincerely appreciates this wonderful donation, as well as those in the past that have helped us to sustain operation of the park,” said Treasurer Donald Dougherty. “The garden club not only donates its hard-earned dollars, but members also plants flowers and bushes where needed.”

There is plenty of work ahead, he said. The basketball and tennis courts are showing wear and need resurfacing. Anyone who can help the park board reach its goals, or have children playing in the park, can send donations to: Dr. John E. Braun Memorial Park, P.O. Box 207, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.

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