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The new Tecumseh Park Shelter House is complete and was officially dedicated on Saturday, March 25, 2017. This was a community effort sponsored by the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club, the Tecumseh Township, corporate sponsors and many members of the community who donated time and money to see this project completed.

The idea for a new shelter house to replace the original structure, built in the early 1960's, began with Ken and Mary Ertl, members of the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club. They presented the idea to the Kiwanis Club, who pledged personal and club money, and got approval to move forward with the idea. Ken then presented the idea to the Tecumseh Township board, who is responsible for the park, and they approved the plan and agreed to help fund the new structure. With initial funding for the concrete floor and Morton building secured, it was time to seek funding from community members and corporate sponsors. Craig Cooper was successful in getting in-kind donations from many very generous area contractors including Lower Heating & Air, Ace Plumbing, Hill & Company, and Current Electric. The Westar and Capitol Federal Foundations provided major funding for the project. Third grade students at Tecumseh North Elementary School also held fund-raisers to help contribute to the project.  Township Supervisor Roy Malloy became the construction supervisor, and local resident Allen Cutter helped with the construction, and they followed through with all parties to produce this new landmark structure in Tecumseh Park.

This project is a great example of how public and private groups can work together to benefit the community!