Users of the future Chadwick Flyer trail will easily connect to the Ozark Square. Efforts to revitalize the downtown area include renovating its historic centerpiece gazebo. Abbye Torgerson-Bobbett of Torgerson Design Partners is vice president of the Ozark Historic River District board. She says renovation wouldn’t be possible without a $30,000 grant the board received from Ozark Impact 100, a giving circle fund held at the CFO and the FRCF. In addition to restoring and expanding the gazebo, the board plans to add Wi-Fi via the Christian County Library and audio-visual equipment to make events possible.
While the grant will cover construction, the HRD in mid-March launched a campaign to fund the A/V equipment, furniture and landscaping, Torgerson-Bobbett says. Using the CFO’s online giving platform, community members could donate $100 through the end of June for a personalized brick paver on the west-side patio. It’s a way to leave their mark and support the placemaking effort.
“Businesses are doing it, families are doing it — some are doing it in loving memory of people who have died,” she says. More than $10,000 was raised through online and direct donations.
Torgerson-Bobbett is excited about the placemaking projects she sees happening around Ozark.
“It makes me so excited about our community because we look for a place that has the energy where you can live, work and play – where you don’t have to go to Springfield or Branson to get amenities like this,” she says. “And I think it brings a lot of visitors here and improves our economy as far as tourism goes. It all goes hand in hand when talking about making Ozark a better place.”
This story is featured in the summer 2021 edition of Passion & Purpose: The CFO Magazine.
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