Volunteers working on park
Friday afternoon as the sun came out, Glenn Graves climbed on top of the roof of the new gazebo in Magnatech Park.
As Graves worked above, Leon Bell worked on the ground. They are members of Tonganoxie's Masonic lodge, which is building the gazebo for a community service project.
The park long has been referred to as Magnatech Park because of its association with the owners of Magnatech, a Tonganoxie company owned by Bill and Kathy Graveman that manufactures equipment for the recycling industry.
Kathy Graveman, who's been working on the park project with her husband, Bill, credited her in-laws, Don and Aggie Graveman for establishing the park.
Though Don and Aggie Graveman are retired and live in St. Charles, Mo., they still are involved in Magnatech.
Graveman said Don and Aggie have helped with the funding and by having an initial vision of what the park should look like.
Graveman noted that the park, which is on property owned by the city of Tonganoxie, has been the work of many. Of those who have helped, perhaps the most visible have been the Master Gardeners, who can be seen planting and tending to the park's flower beds from spring through autumn.
Once the gazebo is complete, the Gravemans have more plans for the park.
"We're hoping to put in a pergola next year," Graveman said.
And, she said there's possibly a sculpture in the park's future, as well.
And, though Graveman said the park has been known as "Magnatech Park," the park soon will have a new name.
"We're hoping to get a sign made and do the actual naming in September," Graveman said.