The proposed Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park Development is easily recognized for the positive impact it will offer to the quality of life in Cherokee for at least the next half century. It is also offering families an opportunity to honor a loved one who made our community a better place over the past half century.
The family of long time Cherokee resident, Wayne Johnson, read about the aquatic center/Gillette Park project in the Chronicle, visited about it, then decided a leadership gift to the project was a memorial opportunity they wanted to pursue.
"It's for the good of our whole community and it's all positive," Eleanor Johnson said of the project. "Craig read about the aquatic center project, then all three of us (Eleanor and children Craig Johnson and Cara Jacobsen) visited about it and liked the idea of a memorial gift. The memorial was a gift from all of our families."
Aquatic Center committee members report that interest in memorial gifts of all sizes is growing. "Memorial gifts have ranged from under fifty dollars in size to about fifty thousand dollars," said John Cook, committee co-chair. "As we approach construction, there is a greater interest in gifts at a level that would bring an engraved brick in the Wall of Pride."
"This is a wonderful way to remember someone who has been important in our community" said Bev Zieman of the aquatic center committee. "This project is so important to Cherokee, which makes a memorial dedicated here to people who have been good members of our community over the years particularly appropriate."