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New Playground Project Planned For Badger Park

Issue Date: July 1, 2021

The City of Peshtigo Finance and Claims Committee held a short meeting on Thursday, June 24 to review loans and approval of the Schedule of Appropriations entries.

The RLF and UDAG loans are all current and in good standing with the exception of Faucette Forest Products with an uncollected amount of $41,111.70 which has been in arrears for quite some time.

The only other item on the agenda for consideration and approval was for three June budget adjustments and transfers for both the Peshtigo Police and Fire Departments for a total amount of $4,118.28.

First of the three was for a grant for the Police Department for protective vests. The vests had to be purchased and paid for upfront by the department and then the grant reimbursed the City for the purchase. The amount of $1,723.28 would then be reappropiated to the Police Department budget once approved.

The Fire Department received a grant in the amount of $1,895 from the M&M Area Community Foundation to be used for a Four Gas Sniffer Monitor. A donation was received in the amount of $500 from the Peshtigo National Bank to be used for a pitot gauge and both need to be transferred into the Fire Department budget. All three amounts were then approved to be reappropiated into their respective budgets.

The next meeting of the Finance and Claims Committee will be held on Thursday, July 22 at 4 p.m.

After the Finance Committee, a Parks and Recreation Committee meeting was held with the most exciting item on the agenda being a presentation by Jeff Thompson of Lee Recreation LLC of Cambridge, Wi. Thompson outlaid the proposal they were presenting that would include 83 play events for an estimated 495 users ages 6 months old to 12 years and beyond. Some of the structures are also able to be enjoyed with the children and their parents and/or grandparents. Lee Recreation is a playground equipment supplier and partners with Burke of Fon du Lac, who is the manufacturer of the equipment. Burke is a leader in playground, park and recreation equipment with their focus to bring "Play That Moves You" to communities throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Children develop much-needed skills through play that transcends into the rest of their lives and gives them basis for growth.

The playscape is motion based play and children of all abilities can play together. The structure will be 100% inclusive and some pieces are multi-generational that parents and their children or grandparents and their grandchildren or groups of children can play together as a team to enjoy the playscape equipment piece.The unit will be able to function with one or several children using the piece. There would be a collection of slides, climbers, bridges, ramps, platforms, overhead events, tunnels, play panels and musical options.

One of the pieces called an Orb Rocker which is like the modern day version of a teeter-tauter. The children have to work together to make it work and in the meantime it brings kids closer together. Several children can play on the unit all at the same time. There would be enclosed slides, a Brava swing that can be accessed by children confined to wheelchairs, with using their upper body strength to make the swing go. This piece would also be a multigenerational piece along with the opportunity of several children engaging together to make the unit move.

The most intriguing part of the Playscape proposal is that a group of five mothers of the Peshtigo community took it upon themselves to do massive research from several different vendors of various equipment options for all children to be involved in the playscape experience. Their main vision was for a structure that included inclusivity for handicap children to also be included in the experience and be able to play and interact along with their friends and other children. Another part of their vision was for clear site lines throughout the whole playscape with the ability to see where the children are at all times with no blind spots or hidden areas. All equipment is able to be used by all children and the inclusive pieces are not just for handicap children.

Seeing the poor shape and disrepair of Badger Boardwalk, they realized a vision for a Safe, Multigenerational, Easy Access, ADA Compliant and Inclusivity that can be used and enjoyed by all children, of all ages and generations. The condition of the Boardwalk is not due to any maintenance issues, but to the age of the structure and it has outlived its longevity with it being approximately 26 years old, which is the average life of a playground.

The five young women who stepped up to the plate for this huge project include: Crystal Gardon, Laura Finger, Jenni Hofer, Morgan Oestreich and Nicole Schingick. One of the best parts of the project is there will be no cost to the taxpayers, with the team plan of funding the project through fundraisers, donations, supporters and possible grants.

Gardon addressed the audience saying, "We are looking at rejuvenating and replacing the existing playscape. It has met its life expectancy. We are here to create a new vision and would be happy if someone does the same in 25 to 30 years as well. With the existing structure, there are no open site lines, you can't see through the structure so it is hard to tell where your child is within the structure and there are falling and tripping hazards. The new playscape will be a destination for families to come to. There is none like this in the area and it will bring more families into Peshtigo".

Schingick added, "The existing playscape is 12,500 square feet and the new design would be 14,000 square feet. We didn't want the design to be limited, so the design was based on our vision so we know where to land. We will be doing the fundraising and have to have 50% down to order the equipment by the end of the year for a build next year".

The phenomenal playscape is not an inexpensive venture, but however, comes with a cost of $700,000. Schingick stated, "The plan for the resources would be grants, family event fundraisers, individual donors, business donors, sponsorships, partnerships and other fundraising efforts. We would also be looking for someone to help us write grants, 'I hear Mayor Malke is the expert at writing grants' (hint, hint)".

After the presentation was complete, Oestreich presented her involvement in the project with a foundation she co-founded with Ashlee Wallace called the Q&A Foundation. The Foundation was created by two mothers, Morgan and Ashlee, hoping to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. Q&A stands for Quinn & Annie, who both have Down Syndrome. Quinn is Ashlee's daughter and Annie is Morgan's daughter. Annie was born in June of 2018 and Quinn in April of 2019. Morgan met Ashlee on the phone the night she received her prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis for Quinn. After Annie's arrival, Morgan learned everything she needed to from Annie and started â€Team Annie,†a group that would fundraise to bring positive awareness to individuals living with Down syndrome. When Quinn arrived, Ashlee immediately found this same encouragement from her daughter and established â€Quinn's Flock†to also raise awareness about Down syndrome. These experiences created a passion in these two women to change the way the world views difference, so that it is not feared, but rather embraced as a beautiful addition to our world. Quinn and Annie created a connection between Morgan and Ashlee.

Oestreich noted, "Q&A's role in the project would be to help with the fundraising efforts, accept the donations and write the checks.The project would be completely paid for by the fundraising donations, sponsorships and partnerships with no cost to the city or taxpayers. Once completed the playscape would be donated to the city. Built by the community for the community".

After the presentation, Mayor Cathi Malke thanked the team for their time, effort and great presentation and asked the group "What do we need from you"? The response from Schingick was. "We are asking for approval and consideration for demolition of the old equipment and for rebuild of the new play structure and then we can roll up our sleeves and get to work". Malke also asked, "How long is the warrantee good for"? Thompson replied, "It is for a 25 year timeframe and it is full replacement and is not pro-rated".

Parks and Recreation Director, Lori Tonn commented, "There are a lot of things from Badger Boardwalk that can be used in other parks". Campground Host Mike White added, "We could take some of that equipment and put it by the beach area".

Thompson commented, "The Mommy and Me wheelchair access swing can be incorporated with the new playscape. The surface allows for easily cleaning with a leaf-blower and if there is damage to the surface, sections can be easily replaced".

Alderperson Debbie Sievert asked, "What kind of maintenance is there"? Thompson replied, There may be things that break, it is just like having a house, if you take good care of it, it will last longer". Alderman Kieth Klimek asked, "What if something happens 5 to 10 years down the road to a piece of equipment, can we swap it out"? Thompson replied, Yes, if it is a free standing piece".

The request for demolition of Badger Boardwalk and the fund raising effort project for a new playscape at Badger Park was approved to be forwarded to be put on the agenda of the next City Council meeting for further discussion and possible action.

In her report, Tonn mentioned that John Berth will be working on the showers in the park. He will be getting a quote to find out what is available. Tonn added, "There are issues with the electrical in the park, we need to do something sooner than later, the whole electrical system needs to be done and it is something serious that needs to be looked at in the near future. It would cost more to try to find where the fix is needed, than to replace with new. We will be doing a quick fix with splicing into another line so we can have electrical service in the cabins".

She added, â€In starting up the summer programs, â€We did not have enough participants that signed up to start some of the programs, but we will have enough to start in July for Softball, Volleyball and Cornhole leagues.

Tonn commended Mike and Wendy White for volunteering for all the work and time they put in at the park. What they do for the park is phenomenal, thank goodness we have them out there.

White replied, "We wouldn't be able to do what we do without all the great people and donations we receive from the town. We will be looking to do more Saturday night activities".




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