Belmont Park Boosters was born in 1973 when a group of citizens wanted to raise money for park improvements in Belmont.
They held bake sales, wine tastings, garage sales, and lots of fundraising parties. They were able to complete major repairs at Belameda Pool (which has since been torn down), plant trees and flowers at local parks, and their work became very visible.
In 1976 the City of Belmont came up with a brilliant idea to pave the grassy area next to where the old community center was. Judy Nowag, a member of Park Boosters, felt that paradise shouldn't be paved over to put up a parking lot. To show the city what that area could be -- a great community gathering spot -- the Park Boosters hired a Dixieland Jazz band to present a free concert.
The first date was rained out, so it was held the following Sunday and very well attended. More concerts were booked and the crowds grew. Park Boosters won the battle. The area was fenced off and became known as the Meadow. There has been a Free Summer Concert Series in the Meadow every summer since 1976.
In the beginning, when there was no stage, and the bands would be set up on the back of a flatbed truck with extension cords running into the building for power. The crowds spilled over into a vacant lot that is now City Hall. Park Boosters would load up all the concession equipment in their cars, take it home, and haul back to the park the next Sunday. Eventually, when the new Senior-Community Center was built, Park Boosters built a proper stage and acquired a permanent storage unit.
All money raised through the sale of concessions, support from local businesses, and individual concert sponsors has gone directly to paying the bands and to Belmont Park Booster’s original intent,park improvements. The donations have also expanded to support local needs such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, new seating at Notre Dame de Namur University's theatre, sending students from the elementary school district to Namur, Belgium -- Belmont's sister city -- for a cultural music opportunity, and supporting the Carlmont High School Theatre program.
Belmont Park Boosters has donated thousands of dollars to park improvements over the years. Improvements range from picnic benches and tables, basketball court, permanent portapotty, playground equipment, public patio, park entrance sign, and many, many trees.
Belmont Park Boosters continues to thrive with the help of its dedicated Board of Directors and loyal members, and with the cooperation of the Belmont Park and Recreation Department and the Belmont Police Department. This organization is completely volunteer and no one has ever been paid a dime.