Music may fill the air in Connellsville's East Park this summer
Local businessman Dave Lynn believes it's important to support the community.
The owner of Lynn's Pub and Grill in South Connellsville, Lynn wanted to do something to give back.
He liked the idea of filling the summer air with music — a free concert.
So he contacted Connellsville's recreation board, which liked his idea.
Now the board and Lynn are working together to bring the idea to life.
In order to raise funds for the project, Lynn is sponsoring an event.
Starting Monday, Lynn will begin donating a portion of the sales on the first Monday of the month from his restaurant to the recreation board, which will use the money to help fund bands that would perform in a city park.
Lynn would like to have the bands play at East Park.
“The money that will be raised will fund free concerts in East Park,” Lynn said, “I know that they tried to do that last year, but they just weren't able to get it going.”
Lynn said last year he helped put together a summer music lineup but once the bands and music were in place, funding did not come through.
“We had some bands lined up but then they (the recreation board) had to raise the money for it and they weren't able to make that happen,” Lynn said.
Lynn plans to donate 10 percent of his Monday sales on food and beverages to the recreation board. The purchases must occur between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. He will continue the fundraising for several months.
Lynn acknowledged the volunteers on the recreation board, who work hard at bringing different events and activities to the city, he said.
“We think that this is amazing,” said Melissa Tzan, recreation board president. “It's really great that he is donating this money from his business to help. He will be benefiting his business as well as the community by trying to make the town better.”
Lynn would love to have events planned in East Park. He believes the park is underutilized.
“I want to try to help to bring East Park back,” Lynn said. “I know that we tried last year, but we couldn't get funding and there wasn't electricity down there. But I have been told that there will be this year, so we are going to try this to see if it works.”
The recreation board is hoping the community supports Lynn's efforts.
“I think that this is great,” said Matthew Ptacek, recreation board secretary. “The extra help from this is really going to help us out more and with everything that we are doing. It's all about the community.”
Lynn said in addition to the Monday sales portion that will go to the music fund, he is considering offering hoagie sales and other projects to try to generate as much interest and funding as he can.
“We have so many local musicians that we can get to perform and East Park is the perfect place to do that,” Lynn said. “There isn't much going on in East Park and I'd like to see all that change.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.