BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS (March 4, 2019) – The Belvidere Board of Realtors® has received a $2,500.00 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make the City of Belvidere a better place to live by transforming an unused space into a vibrant public space for the community to gather and enjoy.
The Belvidere Board of Realtors® will use the funds to assist the City of Belvidere to construct a pavilion at General Mills Park adjacent to Christi Lane and Highline Street that will offer shelter for kids during summer programs, allow park patrons a shaded location to relax; moreover, spur outdoor public use for neighborhood community development.
“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Ron Taylor, President of the Belvidere Board of Realtors®. “Placemaking grants can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better.”
“General Mills Park is a shining example of Community concern caring, and cooperation. Many partners came together to create this gift to the families of one of our most challenged neighborhoods,” commented City of Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain. He continued, “General Mills, Byron Bank, the City of Belvidere, the Belvidere Police and Fire Departments, Fiat Chrysler America, the Belvidere YMCA, the Community Action Agency of Boone and Winnebago Counties, the Illinois Realtors®, Kids Around The World, Corday Construction, as well as private donors like Jeanne Baker, coupled with many hours of community sweat equity allowed this grassroots endeavor to become a success, many thanks to all!”
Realtor® Associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these placemaking projects. The Belvidere Board of Realtors® worked with the National Association of Realtors® to obtain the grant. Placemaking grants help Realtor Associations partner with other stakeholders to plan, organize, and implement community projects.
For more information on the National Association of Realtors® placemaking program visit, https://realtorparty.realtor/community-outreach/placemaking.