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Petaluma Service Alliance honored for work in Walnut Park

On Friday morning, June 7, the Petaluma Service Alliance and its organizer Maureen Frances were presented with a proclamation and other awards for their years of work to improve and enhance Walnut Park in downtown Petaluma.

In a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Walnut Park Bandstand, Mayor Kevin McDonnell read a city proclamation and then presented individual awards to representatives of the alliance members: Petaluma Rotary, Elks Lodge, the Petaluma Host Lions, Sunrise Rotary, Kiwanis, 7-11 Lions and Petaluma Valley Rotary.

“Thank you, Mayor McDonnell, for taking time out of your busy schedule to honor us, and thank you as well for your commitment to the continued care and support of Petaluma’s treasure, Walnut Park,” Frances said in her opening remarks. “Together, the seven members of the Petaluma Service Alliance raised over $180,000 to rejuvenate and restore Walnut Park. It has been our mission to restore this historic gem to the condition it once was.”

The Petaluma Service Alliance’s 15+ projects include installing new concrete pathways, renovating and cleaning the historic children’s playroom building, installing new playground equipment, installing wire benches near the playground, and restoring the bandstand.

“What you all have done here – not just with effort but with persistence – has transformed the park, which at one point was looking pretty tired,” McDonnell said. “It feels good to be here because you have kept it fresh here and continued to invest in the community. From the City of Petaluma, a big thank you to all of you.”

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