New renovations and a new custodian for the beloved park
By Abigail Thorpe
Photo Courtesy of Bonners Ferry Rotary Club
The 15 acres of park nestled in the trees adjacent to Snow Creek in Bonners Ferry has found a new custodian after the Lions Club was forced to close its doors due to the stress of the times. The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club is the new benefactor of the now Rotary Lions Den Park.
“We were certainly sad to see the Lions go. They have been a part of the community for 80 years,” says Linda Alt, public relations for Bonners Ferry Rotary Club. “We are, however, committed to carry on many of the traditions they brought to our community.”
They recently put together a fundraiser to help provide funds for the park, raffling off a kayak, and the facility is now available for rent for private functions within the community. “It is perfect for weddings, family reunions, business retreats and camping getaways,” says Alt. In addition to a large hall with electricity, running water and full kitchen, the park offers gazebos, a pond, fire pit, and open spaces for camping.
While the Easter Egg Hunt, Kids Fishing Derby, Community Breakfast and the Kootenai River Ride were all canceled due to COVID-19, the Rotary Club is still committed to providing services and community connection to the Bonners Ferry Community.
It is beginning its annual Calendar Drawing Fundraiser, with 85 chances for entrants to win almost $5,000 in prizes. “This fundraiser helps us support many of our projects including our scholarship program,” explains Alt. “We have just awarded $10,000 in scholarships this year alone. We have handed out over $125,000 in scholarships since our club was chartered in 2002.”
For more information about the park or Rotary Club, visit BonnersFerryRotary.com.