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First National Bank donates $35K to Park District

Leaf a Legacy needs $15,000 to reach $1 million

The First National Bank Amphitheater will be located between the sled hill and the community center in Legacy Campus on Airport Road just south of Route 64 in Sycamore. Plans for programs, performances and events for kids and adults are being considered for the space. First National Bank donated $35,000 to the Sycamore Park District's Leaf a Legacy campaign.
The First National Bank Amphitheater will be located between the sled hill and the community center in Legacy Campus on Airport Road just south of Route 64 in Sycamore. Plans for programs, performances and events for kids and adults are being considered for the space. First National Bank donated $35,000 to the Sycamore Park District's Leaf a Legacy campaign.

SYCAMORE – A donation from First National Bank has the Sycamore Park District within $15,000 of its $1 million Leaf a Legacy fundraising campaign. The $35,000 donation also means the outdoor amphitheater at the Legacy Campus will be named after the bank.

“We’re still accepting donations from the community,” said Sarah Rex, recreational supervisor at the park district. She said those who donate will be memorialized on a wall inside the new 40,000-square-foot community center currently under construction on Airport Road just south of Route 64. In addition, those who donate $5,000 or more will have a tree planted in their honor on the campus grounds.

The First National Bank Amphitheater is formed by a C-shaped slope that extends from the top of the sled hill toward the parking area, according to a news release. It surrounds a concrete patio with a warming area between the sled hill and the community center.

“We plan to use it for small performances or storytelling programs,” Rex said. “We talked about maybe having stand-up comedians.”

The Legacy Campus will include the community center – scheduled for an April 14 opening – the sled hill, a splash pad, a dog park and walking and biking trails.

“We are extremely appreciative of First National Bank’s wonderful gift toward this versatile and unique feature,” Park District Executive Director Dan Gibble said in a news release. “From sledders using the fire pit in the winter, to programs and performances in the warmer months, it will offer year-round fun for all.”

The District’s Leaf a Legacy public fundraising campaign has raised $986,000 of its $1 million goal. Leaf a Legacy helps support the district’s long-range plan, Action 2020. For information about Leaf a Legacy or Action 2020, visit sycamoreparkdistrict.com.

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