Thanks to the efforts and support of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Gainey Ranch is home to an eight-acre oasis known as Scottsdale Rotary Park.
The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the City of Scottsdale. The park features lighted walking paths, a children’s playground, barbeque grills, a greenbelt, multiple picnic ramadas, a restroom facility, memorial trees, and the world’s first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary International symbol.
In 2002 the Rotary Club of Scottsdale added Unity Plaza and the Spirit of Unity Flagpole to Rotary Park. These were a Rotary International Centennial Project in commemoration of Rotary International’s 200th anniversary in 2005.
Today, the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation continues to offer naming opportunities at Unity Plaza for major donors. Recently, through generous donors, over 60 new paver bricks were added to the plaza by club Rotarians.
Additionally, another memorial tree was planted and a U.S. flag were donated in memory of Virginia Knuth Murray by her Rotarian son, Bob Murray. After the flag had flown for six months at the plaza, it was then donated to area’s Salvation Army headquarters.
All tax-deductible memorial donations (after costs of flags and/or paver bricks) benefit the Rotary Club’s Foundation, which supports the club’s important work with the youth of our community.
Rotary Plaza is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Road. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Rotary Park memorials, programs, meetings and membership, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.
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