Service Spotlight

 
Centennial Project: Klyde Warren Park Children’s Storytelling Deck 
The Rotary Club of Dallas celebrated its 100th anniversary in a big way.  In 2011, to celebrate the thousands of  members that have been a part of serving Dallas and the world through volunteerism and millions of dollars of contributions, club leaders decided to make a permanent mark on the city to inspire the next generation of leaders.
 
At the time, the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation was raising final funds for the $110 million park project. The Rotary Club of Dallas made a $500,000 donation as the club's service project and gift to Dallas in honor of our centennial anniversary, with a commemorative emblem etched into the Learning Tree Deck in the Park’s children’s garden. The Rotary’s Four-Way Test is inlaid into the wood Learning Tree Deck around a large oak tree which has become a popular place for story time. 
 
The 15,000-square-foot children’s garden features play areas, a fountain, a child-scale amphitheater, family-size restroom, movable furniture and play structures and most importantly a safe place where children play outdoors.
 
"The Rotary Club of Dallas has a long legacy of leadership and community giving," said Ben Casey, Past President of the club. "The Rotary emblem in the storytelling deck is a physical marker sharing our club’s core values that we hope will attract a new generation of Rotary members."