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Rotary Club donates $120K toward downtown commons

The Twin Falls City Council and Urban Renewal Agency pose for a photo with the Rotary Club of Twin Falls Monday after receiving a $120,000 check for the downtown commons project.

TWIN FALLS — Rotary Club of Twin Falls has fulfilled its commitment to support bringing a splash pad downtown.

The organization presented a donation of $120,000 to the Urban Renewal Agency and the city on Monday. The money will go toward the completion of a downtown commons plaza off of Hansen Street, across from the new City Hall. The public area will include a splash pad.

The donation money has been pooled by the Rotary Club of Twin Falls over the past five years, President Travis Quast said. The organization had earmarked a portion of the proceeds from its annual fundraisers to go toward the project.

The club has also sold 300 bricks that will be laid in the plaza area.

“It was a way for individuals to be able to donate to that downtown project,” Quast said.

Rotary Club of Twin Falls had initially begun fundraising to replace the old downtown fountain, but the plan eventually became part of the larger Main Avenue renovation project.

The City Council thanked the club for its donation during their meeting Monday.

“I look forward to dancing in the splash pad next to my brick next year,” Mayor Shawn Barigar said.

Councilman Greg Lanting echoed that, adding that he would be dancing next two his two bricks (he’d won one in 2013 during a fundraiser golf scramble).

“It’s a proud day for Rotarians to be able to raise $120,000 toward a community project,” Quast said.

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Also at the meeting:

Barigar read a proclamation declaring 9/11 a day of service and remembrance.

Family Health Services CEO Aaron Houston presented on the organization’s services in the community, and explained that it has outgrown its Twin Falls clinic.

The Council listened to some landscaping and irrigation code recommendations presented by Jon Breckon.

The Council approved an increase in the expenditures for new point-blank bulletproof vests from $28,000 to $38,400 for the Twin Falls Police Department.


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