Sanford Museum dedicates park

Monday, August 30, 2004

Sanford Lane Park, a mini-park on East Main Street in Cherokee, was dedicated on Thursday.

"The trustees of the Sanford Museum and the staff of the museum are very pleased with the show of support from the community, making this possible," said Linda Burkhart, director of the Sanford Museum.

There were 97 individuals, organizations, and businesses contributing toward the project, with 66 of them contributing more than $100. The contributors of $100 or more will have names put on a sign to be donated by Denny Holton of Holton Custom Signs.

A path winds through the landscaped park, lighted with four old-style, five-globe lights. Benches and trash cans were donated by R.J. Thomas, Mfg. Duane Mummert donated material and labor for cement work.

Blocks of Sioux Falls quartzite for casual seating were originally used in the Lincoln School building.

The lights automatically come on at dusk, activated by a light sensor. At 11 p.m., four of the give globes on each light fixture go out, with one remaining on to light the park through the night.

The history of the park began in 2001 when the Sanford Museum purchased the vacant lot and the building to the east of it. A tunnel was built from the museum under the alley to the building.

The basement is used for storage and the upper level is leased out to a business, New Image.

Completing the mini-park was put off until the Main Street paving project was completed. Work began in July, following a fund raising campaign.

Burkhart said that eventually the path will go between the museum and the Masonic building to the front of the museum on Willow Street.

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