Members of the public are invited to a free celebration at Anderson Memorial Park to mark the park’s recent expansion.

Members of the public are invited to a free celebration at Anderson Memorial Park to mark the park’s recent expansion.

The celebration will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the park, located at 316 E. Main St.

The event will include a lemonade stand and ice cream provided by the Vibrant Ice Cream Truck.

Anderson Memorial Park was envisioned by Leora Anderson, incorporating the features of the town park she loved when growing up in Aurora, Neb. She knew it needed a gazebo, flag pole, shade trees, benches, and her favorite, a drinking fountain. She chose as its theme “A Wayside Stop for Weary Walkers.”

Leora hoped that the location would not only provide a quiet solace for the neighborhood, but she also anticipated that residents of near-by Good Samaritan Village would find it a place for welcome outings.

After Leora’s death in 2007 at the age of 101, her daughter, Karen Kohne, pursued her mother’s goal of enlarging the park.

The Anderson Memorial Park has now increased in size and will include additional trees, walking path and other landscaping.

In 2000, the layout of the park was coordinated with Bob Orsi, then Park District executive director. Today Anderson Memorial Park’s care and the recent addition are managed by the Park District’s executive director Andy Thurman and superintend of Facilities Scott Himmelman.