Inside sources say Dorchester is getting closer to have a its own small water park!
To make a community splash pad a reality, the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund is working extra hard to raise funds needed to construct the splash pad in the Dorchester City Park.
The Times has learned that the Foundation is planning its popular grilled chicken luncheon and hamburger feed for Sunday, November 12, at the Dorchester Legion and Community Hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
As we've reported previously, the Foundation has targeted a splash pad as the next project. Around $100,000 has already been raised in the past year, according to a sign located near the village's main street marquee.
A splash pad is a small scale water park without a pool, but includes several water fountain or spray type features to help cool anyone off on those hot summer days. There are no lifeguard expenses, as with a pool, and it shuts off automatically when there is no activity.
The Foundation's November 12 dinners can be eaten at the community hall, or prepared to go (just call 402-946-3791). Delivery will also be offered in town to those that may not be able to make it downtown.
The grilled chicken dinner includes your choice of mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad or chips, dinner salad, baked beans, dinner roll, and drink. The hamburger dinner will include the same options. All meals are available with a free-will donation.
The Times encourages everyone to give generously so the splash pad can happen sooner rather than later.
Donations for the current and future improvements by the Foundation are accepted anytime, made payable to the Dorchester Foundation and mailed to: Peg Bergmeyer, 101 Washington Ave., Dorchester, NE 68343; or Dale Hayek, 652 County Road 1200, Dorchester, NE 68343.
The Dorchester Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary of the Nebraska Community Foundation, so all donations are tax deductible.