Main Street Orion has presented the Village of Orion with $1,388.74 to use for renovation of the band shell in Central Park. The money represents the profit from the sales of 123 Love Locks, which were dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the backstop in the park.

Main Street Orion has presented the Village of Orion with $1,388.74 to use for renovation of the band shell in Central Park.

The money represents the profit from the sales of 123 Love Locks, which were dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the backstop in the park.

Main Street director Debbie Ford presented the check to Village Clerk Lori Sampson and Village Trustee Mel Drucker.

The village is planning to renovate the band shell next spring, in time for its 100th birthday celebration in August.

Love Locks are still for sale, Ford said. Profits will continue to go to the band shell throughout the coming years.

The Oct. 22 dedication that transformed the backstop into the first Lovescape in the Midwest was "a touching ceremony that allowed people to lock their love forever," Ford said.

One woman wrote on Facebook, "Thank you for organizing such a beautiful way to mark memories. I cried through the entire ceremony."

Ford anticipates the backstop will provide a perfect photo opportunity for newlyweds following the wedding.

Others may want to use the specially-engraved locks to announce the birth of a baby or remember a loved one, she said.

Locks may be purchased by phoning Main Street Orion at (309) 526-8299.