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The Rotary Club of Derby has committed $13,000 to donate to the City of Derby’s project to construct a new ballfields complex and dog park on Rock Road at the south city limit. Construction on Decarsky Park is expected to begin in fall 2018.The gift will provide the park entry plaza with 18 large shade trees, thus fulfilling the challenge of this year’s Rotary International president Ian Riseley for Rotary clubs across the world to plant trees or perform a similar service project to enhance the environment.“Rotary Club of Derby is happy to do our part in making this new park a welcoming public space,” said Dana Quigley, club president. “Derby Rotary is proud of Vicki Decarsky, one of our members, for donating the land for this park, and we’re proud of the community for making an investment in Derby’s future quality of life.”“During summers in Kansas, shade trees are always welcome,” said Mayor Randy White. “Sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Derby for making the entry plaza at this new park its service project.”On Nov. 28, 2017, the City Council approved a master plan for the 63-acre park, which includes primarily ball fields with artificial turf infields and a state-of-the-art dog park featuring three yards. Currently, the park is being designed, and site plan review by the Derby Planning Commission is tentatively planned in June.Primary funding for the park is provided by the Derby Difference Sales Tax (half cent), which was approved by Derby voters in 2013 and is being collected from 2015 through 2024. Several amenities for the park are desired but are beyond the base funding available, so donations and grants are being requested.Anyone interested in making a donation should contact the City Manager’s office at 316-788-3132 or KathySexton@Derbyweb.com. Donations to the City of Derby are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.