Pine Lake Park Updates 8-4-22

RHINELANDER- When it comes to playing at the park, Diana Harris has her hands full. Luckily, her house is only a few hundred yards away.

“Having something that we can walk to with our children anytime is just really amazing," said Harris.

Harris is a resident of Pine Lake, a small township north of Rhinelander.

“We love it," said Harris. "We don’t have any plans of leaving.”

On top of being a full-time mom, Harris’ day job is being the District 9 Supervisor in Oneida County, and a member of the Pine Lake Park Committee, which needs all hands on deck.

“I think it’s just a great place to bring people together," said Harris.

The park is made up of mostly a field and small playground, and it’s been that way since 1966.

“I think it could be utilized more," said Jennifer Cordy, the Pine Lake Town Supervisor.

Cordy isn’t a stranger to Pine Lake, either. She’s been there for 15 years.

“We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the state," said Cordy.

Each Tuesday night for the past month, Cordy, Harris, and the rest of the committee have gotten further in the planning stages of an updated park.

“We envision it as a great place for families to get together, friends, classmates," said Cordy. "A space where they can have softball games, volleyball games, friends, and family getting together.”

A pavilion, walking trails, more playground equipment, and bathrooms will constitute the updated space.

Cordy Knows it will be a multi-year project, but that doesn’t even come close to the decades of use the new park will get.

“We’re really excited to bring that equipment back to the town of Pine Lake," said Cordy.

As the District Supervisor and as a mother, Harris cares about Pine Lake. And being just a hop, skip, and a jump away, her dreams are in reach.

“I do see my kids growing up at this park," said Harris. "Like I said, we can just walk here and I’m really looking forward to the memories.”

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