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Pictured is Stephanie Snell, left,President of the Friends of Clarke County Conservation Board receiving a $1,500 check from Sue Wilder, right, of ARC.
Pictured is Stephanie Snell, left,President of the Friends of Clarke County Conservation Board receiving a $1,500 check from Sue Wilder, right, of ARC.

The CORE group staged the construction of the site into three phases.

Phase 1: Purchase of land to be deeded to the City. (completed) Aquatic Center (completed- final payment on bond scheduled for 2020)

Phase 2: Land acquisition, - construction of four summer ball fields and two AAU fields - two adult soccer fields that can be converted into four youth fields - graveled parking area and paved trail system - lighting of fields - two score boards - skate park - bleachers and paved walkways between fields - chain link fencing - pledge by the Osceola Rotary Club to finance a building to house the concession/restroom and maintenance facilities. (all completed)

NOTE: Out of public funding, naming rights to the fields were sold at $25,000. Three banks; Clarke County State, American State and Great Western each took one field and Lakeside Casino & Resort took one softball field and one soccer field. Naming rights to the trail system went to Gail Hembry, Dwayne Fletcher purchased two scoreboards. Becky Persels provided $25,000 funding for the skate board park.

Phase 3: Completion of a recreation center. Unfortunately ARC ran into a few snags from being able to raise the necessary funds to build and maintain the center. As a result they are hopeful the City Parks & Rec will continue to keep the dream of Dick Beeman on their radar, and as Osceola continues to grow a recreation center will become a reality.

To list all those who have been involved serving on various committees providing valuable input over the last 30 plus years would not be possible without missing many. However, quite notable are the years of dedication by Parks & Rec Director Tim Riddle. He directed many fund raising efforts to include the securing of grant money in the completion of those venues listed in Phase 2.

The last action for the dissolution of ARC as of Dec. 31 2019 has been the disbursement of the remaining funds. ARC has awarded the Friends of Clarke County Conservation Board $15,000 to assist in the final construction of a 25 unit RV campground at East Lake Park. This project is estimated to cost nearly $500,000. In addition $1,000 to the City of Woodburn as seed money for any recreational project they wish to pursue.

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