Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Final push underway to raise funds for Erickson Park

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    Glen Loch Erickson Park Model

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CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls Parks & Recreation Department announced Monday it is only about $80,000 short of reaching its fundraising goal for the $1.86 million Erickson Park renovation project.

In early January, parks director Dick Hebert said there was still about $250,000 to raise so the parks department can move forward with the bidding process in March.

Four Chippewa Falls couples — Jeff and Patti Darley, Jim and Jan Docksey, Jerry and Mary Jacobson and Jake and Peg Leinenkugel — made a $40,000 contribution to the recently organized “Fishing to the Finish” fundraising campaign. Between their donations, along with others, it has left the project just $80,000 short, Hebert said.

“Erickson Park started as a project to build a large fishing-from-shore facility which would be accessible to those with disabilities,” Hebert said in a news release. “It has expanded into a new park with a pavilion and picnic area, boat landing, canoeing/​kayaking launching area, bike trail, walking/​hiking trail, with scenic views and a bridge connecting it to Irvine Park. It will provide unique outdoor opportunities for people who have disabilities as well as the general public.”

In 2016, engineering firm Ayres Associates released a computer-generated, 3-D video showing footage of the revamped park. That can be found by going to youtube.com and typing in “Erickson Park Chippewa Falls.”

Contact information to contribute: Community Foundation, Erickson Park, P.O. Box 153, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729.

Those who contribute $1,000 or more will be recognized on a wall of honor at Erickson Park unless they opt to remain anonymous. Gifts of $100 or more will be publicly acknowledged during the capital campaign.

For more information contact the Parks Department at 715-723-0051.

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