By Paul Anbro
Pam Carey is hoping that Hamburger Helper makes more than a great meal. The president of the Friends of Marcellus Parks, Inc is also hoping the five-fingered critter can pull money out of the oven for new water fountains at Marcellus Park.
But Hamburger helper may need more than a pound and pan to get water fountains by the new playground in Marcellus to back the project. He needs to be convinced by Marcellus residents.
Just login to myhometownhelper.com/ViewProject.aspx?tell=2&id=28431 and let the company know why Marcellus should have new water fountains. The My Hometown Helper program is run by Hamburger helper and is giving $100,000 to "help fund various hometown projects across America," according to the company web site.
Carey said she is thankful for the playground, but added the water fountains would be the icing on the cake.
"Well we're already very grateful for the money we received from some generous individuals and groups to build the extraordinary playground we have in the park," Carey said, who also thanked Congressman Jim Walsh for securing grant money to build the playground. "We're at the beginning phases of this project, and getting funding for it is a priority.
The group is asking $3,800 from My Hometown Helper. Hotdog sales and 50/50 raffles generated another $1,250 toward replacing and reconfiguring the fountains. Carey said fountains aren't cheap; at an estimated $2,500 per pop, she said she only wants to get two installed nearby the playground. There are a total of six water fountains.
"We had to move one fountain during construction right by the playground," she said. "The piping is already in place. We just need a water fountain."
She said its also a safety issue and said children should have water nearby when playing in the heat.
Some residents have already posted on the site. All contributors have thus far been in favor of the new water fountains.
"Marcellus Park is a great asset to our community," resident Kim Mathieson said. "The playground was added with a lot of hard work and fountains located near it would benefit the children."
Marcellus Park is a 25-acre park and includes walking trails, pavilions, baseball fields, tennis, and volleyball and basketball courts. The park is host to seasonal events that include Winter Fest, Olde Home Days and various summer concerts.