Rajah Memorial Park supporters raised more than $12,500 this year selling engraved brick pavers they plan to use to build a walkway through the developing Atwood venue, a committee member announced Wednesday.
An order placed earlier this month consists of 325 brick pavers including 70 designated for area veterans. Although sales totaled $20,839, total cost of the bricks was $8,273, leaving $12,566 in profit, committee member Marsha Burgener said.
“Sales exceeded my expectations, but I would like to sell 325 more,” said Burgener, whose initial goal was to sell 100 bricks.
Of the total profit, $2,811 has been given to the James Reeder American Legion Post #770 to help fund the veterans’ memorial section of the park.
“That will help us cover the cost of the flagpole, flag and light,” Ken Caraway, post commander said. “I think that’s great.”
Burgener said she expects the first brick order from That’s My Brick! to be delivered sometime in November. The bricks will be placed in storage while committee members finalize a walkway design and decide on a contractor.
Rajah Memorial Park is located on Magnolia Avenue about one block west of Main Street. The park currently is the home of a historic marker dedicated in August to Atwood native Kenneth Leon “Tug” Wilson.
Engraved brick pavers can still be purchased through the Atwood-Hammond Public Library. Printed order forms are available at the library and online at ahlibrary.com. Sponsors for bricks recognizing certain classes from 1884 to 2014 are still needed, Burgener said.
“These also make a unique Christmas gift,” she said.
A second order for bricks is expected to be submitted in late January, she said.