About 450 linear feet of privacy fence was recently installed at Gardner’s American Legion. Under their liquor license, they are allowed to serve liquor outside if the area is fenced off. Submitted Photo

Outdoor events and a barbeque area are in the American Legion’s future, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Olathe Home Depot.
Chris Cordell, Sons of American Legion commander, said the donation came about when he visited area fence supply stores to price 450 linear feet of privacy fence, which was necessary for the post to have outdoor functions and serve liquor.
While at Home Depot, Cordell said he asked if there were discounts for veterans’ organizations, and Jason Sandburg, Depot employee, said yes and submitted a grant. When the grant was approved, Sandburg also coordinated the required permitting, utility locating and fence installation, which cost about $8,500.
With $1,500 left over, plus donations from the American Legion, Sons of American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Riders, Cordell said a small shelter house will be purchased, and Home Depot would provide workers to assemble it.
“We’ve got a cooker out back,” Cordell said, and the Legion might eventually add the corn hole game and a horseshoe pit. In addition, the American Legion Riders may use the outdoor area as a pit stop on poker runs.