Imagine taking a Sunday afternoon stroll in downtown Campbellsville and making your way into a beautiful park filled with bloomed flowers, standing columns, benches, a walkway, scripture plaques, a flowing fountain and numerous names of Campbellsville University alumni surrounding you.
Imagine a park filled with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends all gathered together in a place where past Campbellsville University graduates are memorialized and remembered.
Located on the corner of North Columbia Avenue and Broadway will soon be this new entrance to Campbellsville University, the Alumni & Friends Park.
Benji Kelly, vice president for student development, said, “For years Campbellsville University’s campus has been hidden from the main highway, but now people will not only see a beautiful park while driving down Broadway, they’ll also see the new front door to Campbellsville University.
“A park like this will help unite the community and the University and give people the opportunity to come together.”
The Alumni and Friends Park is a donor-based project with all expenses being paid for through fund raising and donations given.
This money will pay for things like the large standing columns to the full garden displays. The expected cost of the park is $250,000.
Kelly says that there are many people stepping up and giving to this cause. Many are local owners businesses and fellow faculty members.
“We are half way there and are continuing to seek funds and support,” Kelly said. He said that the university hopes to have all the funds for the park raised in time to complete the project by the spring semester.
Paula Smith, director of alumni relations, said the park is not only for the students of Campbellsville University, but also for friends and the rest of the community of Campbellsville.
“We have a lot of friends that give just as much as our alumni, and we want the friends of Campbellsville University to be able to take part in this opportunity as well,” Smith said. “That is why we’ve called it the Alumni & Friends Park.”
Smith said that there are many ways to get involved and give support. That could be contributing a single donation or committing to a monthly gift.
Giving levels and naming opportunities range anywhere from a $100 dollars for a small paver to $50,000 dollars for a large standing column.
“You can give in honor of a friend, classmate, or previous passed alumni and make a pledge up to seven years,” Smith said. “There’s also the option to either pay so much a month or so much a year. We even have authorize.net where it can be taken right out of your bank account. We are just a phone call away, and we will work with anyone in anyway we can.”
Rob Roberts, Campbellsville University’s landscaper, will be in charge of all the landscaping throughout the Alumni & Friends Park.
Smith said that each year the flower garden will also be available for anyone wanting to contribute a donation there as well. She saidthat a donor can even choose the preference of the landscaping design too.
“Rob Roberts has a wonderful eye for developing a design, and making everything look beautiful and flow together perfectly,” Smith said.
“The Alumni & Friends Park is going to be an enhancement to Campbellsville University, and hopefully help more people get involved,” Smith said. “I hope to see all future graduates of Campbellsville University want their name in the park as well.”
Smith says that alumni and university supporters are very passionate about the Alumni & Friends Park project.
“I think that it says a whole lot about our faculty and staff desiring to be involved and believing in our mission as a University,” Smith said.
“I can only see good things come from the Alumni & Friends Park.”
The Alumni Office is currently taking requests for all naming opportunities.
For a full list of gift levels and naming opportunities, visit www.campbellsville.edu/alumni.
If you are interested in making a gift to the Alumni & Friends Park and for any other additional information on this project, you can contact the Campbellsville University Office of Development.
Posted on Wed, September 19, 2012
by April Hill