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