When I was a child, in the 50s, there was a reliance upon neighbors to maintain an awareness of what was happening around them.
There was contact between neighbors and neighborhoods were formed. This neighborhood contact spread to communities and the realization of shared needs and goals spread within the community. Family triumphs were enjoyed by the community, while tradgedies were shared by everyone. It was a time of concern for one another made possible by community functions; a gathering place for special times and events. A special place designed to draw everyone together to engage the community and forge friendships. Friendships that grew, while neighborhood pride rose to the surface.
Interaction between families recreates the importance of relationships in daily life. The satisfaction and thankfulness one feels for others as they share concerns and hardships, while sharing the joy, and sense of community with every event. Communal pride grows and sitting on the front porch to greet passersby becomes a revered past time.
This testament to the value brought to the residents of Island Park during the early years is one that we feel can be resurrected to serve today's populace by offering a central gathering place for Mound's residents living on the island, a place to experience the camaraderie and oneness of spirit that draws individuals, families, and communities together. With the Village Hall serving as the focal point of Mound's population calling the island home, the adjacent, Swenson Park, will again host the summer festivities when the Firemen's Field Days are an annual event.
With the Village Hall serving the residents as it once did, The restoration will include upgrades to bring the building into the 21st century and beyond. World-class catering-kitchen, links to satellite and the latest interactive web capabilities. A large room for featured events like weddings, reunions, and programs not currently available at existing venues. Smaller rooms for meetings and gatherings of a more personal nature, such as book clubs, and weekly meeting spaces for specialty clubs.
Steep discounts will be offered to Mound Residents wishing to reserve the space required for their special need.