Lions to raise funds for bridge


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The London Lions are raising funds for a bridge that will span this creek along North Walnut Street. The project is part of Access Cowling and will help connect the park to the recreational facilities across the street.


Justin Miller | The Madison Press

To support improvements of Cowling Park through the charity, Access Cowling, The London Lions are holding an all you can eat Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Saturday, April 22.

The event will be at Madison Senior Living on 351 Keny Blvd., from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The meal is $6 for those over 12 years old and $3 for those who are 12 and under.

Madison Senior Living has donated the use of their facility and have donated the food supplies for the breakfast.

Proceeds will be used to raise funds to build a bridge at Cowling Park in support of Access Cowling, with all money left over given to Access Cowling for use in future phases.

For the building of the bridge, the community group has also enlisted the help of Madison County Engineer Bryan Dhume.

Dhume donated his time to engineer the project, so that it meets ADA guidelines while also taking into account any potential flooding in the area, as the proposed location is in a flood plain.

The London Lions are celebrating 71 years in London and the larger organization, Lions International, is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary. The bridge is considered a “centennial project” for the London Lions.

Access Cowling started as a project to honor 7-month-old Noah Hagmeier, who was found face-down and unresponsive in a portable crib with a comforter and several blankets in a babysitter’s home last May.

The tragedy inspired a community service project. The child’s family used monetary donations received as seed money for an all-accessible park in his honor.

Using the family’s initial $15,000 as leverage, the London Community Organization is hoping to turn Hagmeier’s tragedy into something much bigger and wonderful: a $400,000 playground made for children with all abilities.

The plan is to break up the construction and cost into five phases. The first phase is already in place. It includes a five-foot-wide multi-purpose path connecting the parking lot to the shelter house and basketball court, as well as two swings (one of which is molded with a plastic harness), five activity boards and a kiosk, which will include information about the project.

The second phase, the first large piece of playground equipment, is expected to be installed this year.

For further information on the breakfast, contact Lion Greg Eades at 740-852-4090. For more information on Access Cowling contact Amy Rees at 740-405-5151 and Bryan Dhume at 740-506-1745.

The London Lions are raising funds for a bridge that will span this creek along North Walnut Street. The project is part of Access Cowling and will help connect the park to the recreational facilities across the street.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/04/web1_AccessCowlingArt041717.jpgThe London Lions are raising funds for a bridge that will span this creek along North Walnut Street. The project is part of Access Cowling and will help connect the park to the recreational facilities across the street. Justin Miller | The Madison Press

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