(Moline) – A Taco Dinner fundraiser will be held Sunday, November 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Floreciente Center, 135 4th Avenue, Moline, IL. Tacos will be 3 for $5. Pop or Bottled Water will be $1. Desserts will also available. All money raised will go to fund construction of a new accessible pavilion and restrooms at McCandless Park in Moline. This event is co-sponsored by the Moline Hidalgo Adopt-a-Park Group and Rock Island KeyStone Neighborhood Association. Volunteers from these two organizations have formed a steering committee to help with fundraising efforts. This fundraiser allows the public to contribute to a worthy project that will expand recreational accessibility for families and kids. For tickets or more information, contact, Ramon Rosales at (309) 292-7761 or Phil Dennis at (309) 788-7106.
The Moline Park Board approved the concept in May and have allocated some funds for accessible restrooms and pavilion. Along with the Moline Community Development Corporation, KeyStone Neighborhood Association and Hidalgo Adopt-a-Park Group plan to raise funds via grants and fundraisers to cover some of the potential $95,000 in expenses.
Since 2000, volunteers from the KeyStone Neighborhood and the Hidalgo Adopt-a-Park Group have made significant improvements to McCandless Park, a park shared by Moline and Rock Island residents at 9th Avenue and 1st Street, Moline. Making the park attractive, useful and safe for families and kids has been their primary goal over the years. The partnership has grown via volunteer efforts that built a new playground, upgraded the existing pavilion, installed sidewalks, and beautified the grounds with flowers, shrubs and new trees. Today, the park is used by families, kids playing on new, safe equipment and youth using new soccer goals.
However, one major problem is the current pavilion and restrooms do not meet ADA standards. They are neither convenient nor safe. Sitting high on the hill, they limit the elderly and individuals, who use assistive equipment, such as walkers and wheelchairs, from participating in family events and from accessing restroom facilities. To reach the shelter, you must climb 25 feet from street level and walk over 300 feet. The poor lighting and remoteness leads to unsafe conditions. Moline and Rock Island residents have unified across city borders in their effort to raise money via grants, donations and Taco Dinner Fundraisers in order to see accessible restrooms and pavilion at McCandless Park.