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Manlius: Growing Gazebo Park

People often gather at Gazebo Park for special occasions. Bridal parties pose for pictures, couples stroll the grounds and others might find it a peaceful place to think. What more could a park offer?

Well, Manlius' Spade and Trowel Garden Club will tell you: Benches, a brick walkway, an extended perennial garden, and a small fountain.

The club, which is dedicated to beautifying the community, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In honor of its longevity, members want to renovate Gazebo Park located off East Seneca Turnpike between Academy and Clinton streets.

"We have already proposed this to the [Manlius] village board," said Betty Hopkinson, chairperson of civic beautification for the club. "At this point, the village authorized to have three bids from contractors and they should have them by the next board meeting."

If a bid is approved, the money will be applied toward everything except three out of five benches and the fountain -- they were not included in the estimate.

"Donations would be welcome," Hopkinson said, and that's why the club is holding its first annual bulb sale this month. Proceeds will benefit the renovation.

"We're trying to raise more money," she said. "The more [money] we raise, the less the village taxpayer will have to help us out."

Hopkinson said they are trying to keep the total cost of the project under $20,000. The garden club has about $4,000 of its own to donate, which includes money from the old Manlius Restoration and Development, now defunct.

"They had some [money] in their treasury and they were good enough to give it for this project," she said.

The idea for a fountain came after years of problems trying to grow flowers in what was originally a watering trough. The structure is set at the opposite end of the park from the gazebo.

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