SHEBOYGAN FALLS KIWANIS CLUB LEADS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE LOCAL PARK
Sheboygan Falls, WI – In keeping with their mission to improve Sheboygan Falls and the surrounding community, the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club completed a community-supported installation of a new play structure in Woodview Park this past Saturday.
The community build event had no issues, as over 50 volunteers from the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club, the neighborhood, and the community came together to put the new structure in place on Saturday morning. In fact, the efforts went so smoothly that the entire project wrapped up at around noon.
“I knew everything was going smoothly when we were able to have our concrete delivered three hours ahead of schedule at 11am,” said project chairperson Mayor Randy Meyer. The community started showing up at 8am and were greeted with a well-organized site ready for building. Kiwanis park committee members, working with a team from Gerber Leisure, had everything laid out with instructions. Everyone picked a task they were comfortable with doing and immediately got to work.
There was just the right mix of experienced builders, complemented by ready to learn volunteers. Tammy Meyer took care of registration, Natalie Kohlhagen chaired the children’s area, and Katrina Martin made sure everyone had enough to eat – to keep their strength up for the build. As all the volunteers worked to assemble the new structure, the word for the day became awesome. “It was great to see all the communication, coordination, and cooperation that makes Sheboygan Falls a special community,” said Mayor Meyer.
This project began when the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club voted unanimously to adopt replacing aging park equipment as a signature project for the club. A committee of eight Kiwanians – which later grew to 13 committee members – started planning and began the Woodview Park project a year ago with a Night in the Park – to meet with neighbors and gain their input and support. A door-to-door survey was then conducted, followed by fundraising.
The Kiwanis club started with $8,000 for the project and received generous donations in support: $5,000 from F.K. Bemis Family Foundation, $5,000 from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, and additional funds from neighbors and a fundraising brat fry. Once the Park Board and City Council agreed to match the funds this past January, the project was full steam ahead. Additionally, working with Gerber Leisure on the community build resulted in over $6,000 in cost savings on the new play structure.
Special recognition and thank you needs to be given to the Department of Public Works, who did a great job removing the old structure, preparing the site, and adding wood chips back to the site to make it safe for play. Without their efforts, the project would have been extremely challenging to complete.
The Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club plans to repeat this process at additional parks throughout the community – with Kay Meadows Park designated as the next park to review and improve. The Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club meets each Tuesday at noon for lunch and have a satellite group that meet in the evening on the 4th Monday of each month. Anyone interested in joining the mission to improve our community is encouraged to attend.
The Kiwanis Club of Sheboygan Falls is a service organization dedicated to identifying, planning, and implementing projects to improve the Sheboygan Falls and surrounding community, with a focus on children and youth, elderly, under-served populations, and nonprofit organizations. Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis is an association of conscientious business, civic, professional, religious, educational, and community leaders who meet weekly for education, inspiration, and fellowship. To learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Sheboygan Falls, visit http://www.sheboyganfallskiwanis.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.