Morton Community Bank Pledges $100,000 to Plaza

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 2, 2014 - Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced that Morton Community Bank and the Honegger Family have pledged $100,000 in support of the new Morton Downtown Plaza project.  Their donation will go to support the children’s play areas in the space.

“We are very pleased to support such a wonderful project that will benefit the community for many years to come,” said Andy Honegger, Co-Chairman of Morton Community Bank.

The Morton Downtown Plaza will be located on the corner of Main and Washington Streets on a parcel owned by the Village of Morton.  The Plaza was designed by the Farnsworth Group, and includes shaded seating, a Veterans Memorial, play spaces, and public restrooms.  The Plaza is designed to draw people of all ages into Morton’s downtown district, reconnect and beautify Main Street, and offer infrastructure to support downtown events and activities.

“The Plaza will be a popular gathering space for our community,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  “It will also spur new business and residential development in our downtown district.”

A highlight of the new Morton Downtown Plaza is the children’s play areas.  These innovative designs provide a unique play experience far different from a typical park playground.  

The Pumpkin Patch offers a fun landscape for toddlers and preschoolers with a solid rubber matting to safely cushion this active group.  Small pumpkins of various sizes are ideal for leaping, climbing, and jumping.  A nearby giant pumpkin house with a slide will be popular for preschool ages.  Seating nearby allows parents and caregivers to keep a close eye on their children, while also enjoying a conversation with other adults.

The Quarry is perfect for school-aged children who love to climb.  Several piles of giant boulders with ropes and passageways offer an exciting climbing and fantasy play experience for boys and girls.  Cattail spinners, a modern-day merry-go-round, provide another type of fun.

Dividing the two areas is a curved Chalk Wall, offering an additional creative play experience that is fun for all ages.  The wall also provides additional seating for parents and caregivers and a natural separation for our younger and older age groups.

“Bruce Brown and his team at the Farnsworth Group did an outstanding job designing the play spaces in the Plaza,” said Daly.  “Their unique designs will draw young families downtown regularly.  We are so thankful Morton Community Bank and the Honegger Family have pledged the support needed to build these play areas for our local children.”

The Village of Morton has committed $1 Million from its business district fund to support the construction of the Morton Downtown Plaza.  The Village is partnering with the Morton EDC to raise the remaining $1 Million needed to complete the project.  

 “We have several announcements that will be made in upcoming weeks, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal,” said Daly.  “Everyone’s support will be needed to bring this project to life for our community.”

For more information on the Morton Downtown Plaza, please go to www.mortonedc.org or contact Jennifer Daly at 309-263-2491.  Pledges of $1,000 or more can be paid through March 1, 2016.  Donations to this project are collected by the Morton Community Foundation and are tax deductible.

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