The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has officially begun raising money to replace the gazebo on the northeast corner of the Bond County courthouse grounds. The gazebo, which was erected around 20 years ago, had deteriorated to the point where the railing had rotted and the shingles were caked with moss and mold. Volunteers recently dismantled the gazebo to make room for a new one.
Replacing the gazebo is expected to be a cooperative venture involving several organizations. The Chamber is coordinating the fund raising for a gazebo kit, which will be assembled by volunteers.
Several individuals and civic clubs have already donated towards the gazebo project. “We need to raise around $2,500,” said John Goldsmith, Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Grant funds can be matched up to that amount, which will provide us with the money we need to purchase the kit.” The Chamber hopes to have the new gazebo in place by June 1.
The Chamber used the gazebo last June for its “Old Fashioned Fridays” as free popcorn and snowcones were served to kids and parents. The structure has also been the site of weddings, cookouts, and musical performances.
Monetary donations of all amounts are welcome. Checks should be made to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Gazebo Fund, PO Box 283, Greenville. You may also contact the Chamber office at 664-9272.