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Spring Brings Easter Egg Hunt, Work On Peshtigo Park Projects
Issue Date: April 13, 2022
Families who want their youngsters to enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Badger Park in Peshtigo on Saturday, April 16 need to register at Peshtigo City hall before 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15 and pay the entry fee of $3 per person or a maximum of $10 per family, and then report to the park for registration between 9:15 and 9:45 on Saturday. The hunt will start at 10 a.m., rain, shine or snow.
The Easter Bunny is expected to make an appearance. The hunt will be followed by snacks, coloring contest, games and more prizes to be won.
Parks and Recreation Director Lori Tonn is busy planning the summer Parks and Recreation programs, preparing Badger Park Campground and other city recreational areas for the summer season, working on getting new restrooms and concession stand for Ball Field No. 4, and preparing for the new playground equipment that will replace the aging Badger Park Boardwalk before the summer is out.
Tonn said Monday, April 25 is the target date for closing down Badger Park Boardwalk so the site can be cleared and prepared for installation of the new playground, which is expected to begin on or about June 27.
She said Jim Wortner has reaffirmed that he will be assisting in removing the Badger Park Boardwalk and preparing the site for the new playground equipment, which is to be delivered in about two weeks.
Tonn said she has applied for a grant for the cement work needed for installation of the new playground, and should know by early to mid-May if the grant request is approved.
Tonn told the Parks and Recreation Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, March 23 that the Rejuvenate the Park Committee, which spearheaded the new Badger Park Playground project, had raised all but about $100,000 of the nearly $600,000 needed to buy the equipment, get it set up, and remove the existing Badger Boardwalk playground. Their final planned fund raising event is a dinner, meat raffle and auction to be held Saturday, April 23 at Embers 1871.
New basketball hoops will be installed in Badger Park.
Bids are being sought for new restrooms and concession stand planned for Ballfield No. 4, which has been served by port-a-potties since the sewer line leading to the ball field blocked and backed up into the basement of Michael and Michele Winkler at 240 Cranberry Ave. There was only one bid in response to the original request for bids, and it was far above what the city had expected to spend. Tonn was instructed to advertise again, and then if necessary, revise the plans and then advertise again for bids. A 50/50 grant will pay for half the facility, provided all requirements are met.
The walleye run is getting underway, and the new fish cleaning stations are set up. Once again, while the run is on, the Lions Club will be operating a small concession stand in the parking area near the foot of the fish viewing platform over the Peshtigo River.
In February, in response to a recommendation from Tonn, City Council agreed to open Badger Campground for the walleye season, with the understanding that campers must provide their own water and restroom facilities, and campsites to be at half their regular price.
During the weekend of March 26 and 26, Eugene Frank and a crew of volunteers cut and removed 20 dead trees from Badger Park Campground. Tonn thanked all the volunteer helpers, who chopped the wood and hauled it out. In addition to Eugene Frank were his grandson, Logan Frank, plus Carl Malke, Pat Spangenberg, Scott Walters, Drew Monnette, and Angie Laack.