Burton Park's tennis courts will soon be transformed into a concert venue as the San Carlos Parks and Recreation Foundation holds its second Annual 'Symphony at Sunset Fundraiser,' featuring the renowned St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra.
The fundraiser is a benefit for Burton Park’s Phase II improvements, which includes proposed bocce ball courts, a stage, and renovation to the park’s existing aging basketball courts.
The City has approved the plans for Burton Park Phase II, provided the necessary funds are raised.
Formed in 2007 by a group of San Carlos residents, the Parks and Recreation Foundation of San Carlos was a response to the growing need for park improvements around the city at a time of dramatic public funding cutbacks.
Using a public/private partnership model, the Foundation came together in an effort to secure private monies aimed at facility improvements, program implementation, and other services of the San Carlos Parks & Recreation Department. The Foundation raised over $400,000 in private donations for Burton Park’s Phase I renovation, unveiled in 2009.
"The Parks & Recreation Foundation of San Carlos plays an instrumental role in providing much needed financial support to help enhance the city’s park system," San Carlos Parks & Recreation Department Director Doug Long said. "Without the Foundation’s support the first fully inclusive playground and very popular water feature at Burton Park would not exist."
The proposed Phase II renovation at Burton Park carry a price tag of $1.15 million with the Foundation’s goal of raising a minimum $250,000 toward the effort.
"San Carlos citizens have long identified the City’s Parks & Recreation facilities and programs as essential to their quality of life”, Foundation Board member and San Carlos resident Debbie Denton said. "Unfortunately, over the last decade the city’s budget has dwindled. Our goal is to meet the gap between city resources and citizens’ expectations."
The Parks & Recreation Foundation has held several fundraising drives since its inception, but the most unique is the 'Symphony at Sunset.' The event will feature a full professional orchestra and light fare from local restaurants, as well as wine tasting and an auction.
"The Symphony at Sunset was conceived by the Parks & Recreation Foundation as a kickoff fundraiser for the Burton Park Phase II Renovation," Chairperson John Baer said. "But the 'Symphony at Sunset' is more than a fundraiser. It’s an evening of festivity among neighbors in support of our community."
Tickets for the Symphony at Sunset are $50 for individual seating. Tables for four and eight are available as well. For more details and to purchase tickets visit the Parks and Rec website.
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