With nearly $350,000 left to raise toward its goal, the Whetstone Recreation Initiative is taking on more and more ways to raise funds for the newly renovated Whetstone Community Center.

With nearly $350,000 left to raise toward its goal, the Whetstone Recreation Initiative is taking on more and more ways to raise funds for the newly renovated Whetstone Community Center.

"Whenever anybody has a good idea and wants to get involved with fundraising, we say yes," said Betsy Hubbard, co-chairwoman for the initiative.

This summer, some Clintonville residents have hosted parties, providing food, festivities and opportunities for their neighbors and friends to hear more about fundraising opportunities.

Hubbard said other residents have contacted fundraisers about hosting block parties, and she said she hopes to see more take place.

"It just reflects the whole spirit of the community center," she said.

The Whetstone Recreation Initiative has hosted parties of its own and plans more, Hubbard said. For those parties, fundraisers invite potential donors to the community center to allow them to view the renovations and hear the details of the fundraising efforts.

"We've been giving people a chance to see what the money's going toward," Hubbard said.

Byrne's Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave., will host a concert for the recreation initiative at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 with Clintonville band Erika Carey and the Calamities and Todd May performing.

Residents also can show their support for the center with Clintonville garden banners. With the help of a donation and the support of The Flag Lady Flag Store, fundraisers are selling garden banners designed to look like those that hang on the west side of North High Street.

The 12-by-18-inch banners can be purchased at The Flag Lady Flag Store or at the Backyard Experience for $15 or for $22 with the flag poles.

The Whetstone Recreation Initiative is continuing its initial efforts toward raising $500,000 for the community center, as well.

Fundraisers continue to sell engraved bricks for the patio that will abut the community center's new playground. Costs are $125 for a 4-inch-by-8-inch brick or $300 for a square 8-inch brick.

Hubbard said designs for the patio should be coming out soon, which will set the number of bricks needed and a timeframe for starting construction on the patio. Hubbard said that will provide fundraisers with a deadline for selling the bricks.

Those interested in donating to the center also have four levels of sponsorship to choose from.

Friends, or those who donate up to $500, and supporters, donating up to $5,000, will be recognized with plaques on the lobby walls. Champion gifts of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 will be listed on a permanent donor tree display on the center's lobby walls.

People, families or businesses who support the center with "legacy gifts" of $25,000 or more will have naming rights to a community center room.

The money raised by the initiative was pledged by the community to the city to help with construction costs and to provide furnishings for the center. The initiative so far has raised $153,000, Hubbard said.

For more information on fundraising for the center, call the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce at (614) 262-2790 or visit the Whetstone Recreation Initiative Web site at www. whetstonepark.org/wri.