BRENTWOOD -- It was a particularly warm Brentwood day when the grand opening was held for the revamped City Park last spring and Chris Becnel noticed that the 90 newly planted trees there were not mature enough to provide adequate shade for those attending.
"They have planted trees, which in many years will eventually create a canopy over that area," he said. "In the meantime, while the trees are growing, I thought that a shade structure would help."
As a member of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, Becnel looked to his fellow Rotarians to assist with this shade project. About six weeks ago, the Rotary Club approached the city with plans to raise money for the shade materials. Rotarians will provide the labor to install them next spring, according to Brentwood Director of Parks and Recreation Craig Bronzan.
"There are sycamore trees there that will get big, but it will take a number of years," he said. "It is going to be a nice addition to the park. We appreciate it a lot."
According to Bronzan, if the city had extra money to install shade structures, they would have done it. He added that there are limited sources of funding for those types of projects right now.
City Park does have four small shade structures covering the playground and children's water feature. The Rotary project has been approved by the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Commission and will be considered by the Brentwood City Council on Sept. 11.
A similar community service project was initiated by the MOMS Club of Brentwood when it began the Crusade for Shade in 2004, which provided shade structures for Orchard Park. The last civic project that the Rotary Club of Brentwood completed was the clock outside of the Brentwood Police headquarters, according to Rotary President John Fink.
"We have supported our community and the city of Brentwood for many years," he said. "It is an honor to be part of such a significant piece of Brentwood's new future."