Western Cooperative Electric’s Sharing Success Fund, partnered with CoBank, has awarded a $2,000 grant to the City of Otis to help establish Cougar Park.
What was once an empty lot across from the City Hall building in Otis is now being converted into a city park.
Otis City Clerk Shelly DeWald, “We hated having that empty lot just sitting there, and we knew there were concerns over new construction due to the basement of a previously torn down building. The City Council agreed that we would be able to convert the land into a quiet, peaceful park for a minimal cost.”
Making this project a reality through donations of time, labor and money, the park will be ADA compliant with a gazebo serving as the main feature.
Otis-Bison Elementary School students even chipped in on the creative process. “Last year we had a ‘Name the Park’ contest,” said Dewald. “The City Council selected ‘Cougar Park’ as the winning name. We are very proud of our little town and this project.”
The Sharing Success grant will go towards building the seating and lighting inside the converted grain bin gazebo.
Western Cooperative’s Member Services Manager Nolan Numrich, “Our Sharing Success program with CoBank continues to be a great benefit for our members and the communities we serve.”