METAMORA — They helped save the community swimming pool two years ago, and now members of the the Metamora Park Foundation are turning their attention to upgrading Black Partridge Park.

"The park needs some improvements and the (Metamora Park) district doesn't have the funds to do everything that is needed," Foundation president Chad Udell said Tuesday. "That's where we have stepped in to help."

The foundation is hosting "Party in the Park" on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. at Black Partridge Park, Coal Bank Road, Metamora, to raise money for improvements and additions including new restrooms, a splash pad, playground equipment, basketball courts and more. Actual improvements will be decided by the park's board of trustees, not the foundation.

"The park foundation has a lot of influence over how the money it raises is spent," Udell said. "But ultimately it is the park board's decision."

The foundation hopes to raise $10,000 with a $10 admission fee to the party on Saturday and additional donations. The party features live music, games, vendors, food trucks and a beer and wine garden.

The park foundation was formed in 2014 to raise money to repair the 50-year-old community swimming pool that was teetering toward extinction. Udell said the foundation was needed because the park district, now the custodian of four parks and a swimming pool, doesn't raise sufficient money from within its taxing district — which is actually smaller than the village boundaries of Metamora. The park district was formed in 1967.

"The village's parks are used and enjoyed by a lot of people who do not support the district with their tax dollars," Udell said.

The foundation and the park district have developed a solid working relationship, Udell said.

"The Metamora Park Foundation serves as a non-profit 501-C-3 foundation," reads the group's mission statement. "The purpose of the Park Foundation is to receive and distribute funds in support of the Metamora Park District's plan for development."

"It's really a great relationship with the park district," Udell said. "(The district) is challenged with it's budget and we all agree that we want our parks to be representative of the great community we live in."

The park district is also supported by the Metamora Youth Sports Association and the Metamora/Germantown Hills Junior Football League.

Tickets can be purchased on Saturday at the park or in advance on the Metamora Parks and Recreation Facebook site.

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