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Rotary Club Donates $4K to Plant 50 Native Trees at Estero Community Park

May 23, 2018 10:37AM ● By Kevin

Kathy Ball presented a plaque to Tom Patricca in recognition of the Rotary Club of Estero’s purchase of trees for the park. The plaque will hang in the park’s Recreation Center. Photo courtesy of the Village of Estero.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Kathy Ball, senior supervisor of Lee County Parks and Recreation, presented a plaque to Tom Patricca, president of the Rotary Club of Estero, according to a recent press release by the Village of Estero. The plaque was to recognize the club’s monetary contribution of $4,000 toward the purchase of 50 native trees at Estero Community Park

The plaque will be hung at the park's recreation center. The trees were planted on March 14, 2018, and included 10 sabal palms, 26 live oaks, 10 bald cypress and 4 shady lady black olive trees.

Patricca said the tree planting project was very successful. Hurricane Irma knocked down many park trees, so, by helping to plant the trees, it will help enhance the park's landscaping and provide additional shade.

"During the dedication ceremony, we were told the Estero Park is one of the most active parks in Lee County," Patricca said. "Folks enjoy using it for personal recreation or for the many community events held there. By helping the park look good, it is just another way rotary helps in the community. "

The rotary club also celebrated its 17th anniversary this month. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.