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Friends of Emerson Park to launch capital campaign

Story By Maya Reese
Regional News Published 12/03/2020 5:17PM
On Thursday, December 10, the Friends of Emerson Park will officially kick-off their capital campaign to raise funds for the revitalization and improvement of Emerson Park with a sign unveiling at Clark Street and East Avenue, the northeast corner of Emerson Park. The sign will lay out the master plan for park improvements and fundraising goals.

Park improvements will include a new, upgraded playground, a multi-use court for basketball/pickleball/tennis, bike racks, a shelter building, large improved green space which will double as a skating area in the winter, new trees, added greenery, and spaces for public art.

The Friends of Emerson Park have succeeded in raising just over $60,000, but much more is needed to bring the vision to life. Friends Treasurer, Meleesa Johnson added, "With the support of local citizens, philanthropists, businesses and community foundations, we will transform Emerson Park to its full potential."

Located in the heart of Stevens Point, Emerson Park is nestled along the historic district, between the UW-Stevens Point campus and the city's downtown. For the last four years, the Friends of Emerson have worked toward bringing this overlooked greenspace to its full potential; as a vital urban park in a diverse, high-density area, in need of public recreation space. Until the formal adoption of this former school site as a city park in 2018, two of the city's central neighborhoods, District 3 and 5, were without a public park.

The Emerson greenspace has been neglected for two decades, and as a result is in deteriorated condition with outdated, unsafe equipment, and uneven ground covered in weeds. Our goal is to improve the conditions of the park to provide safe outdoor recreational space for city residents and visitors alike.

"We believe open spaces and public parks bring value and vitality to neighborhoods and that vibrant city parks are crucial to the health, safety, and prosperity of a community," shared Ginger Keymer, Friends Co-Chair. "During the COVID Pandemic, access to open greenspace is more vital than ever, as friends and family look for safe, public, outdoor areas to engage with others."

Donations can be made through the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, which serves as our organization's 501(c)(3) by clicking HERE.
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