“We would like to build something big enough to hold large community events at,” Trustee Larry Novinska shared with the Times.
The planned shelter would be approximately 60’ x 28’ and estimated to be able to accommodate 150-200 people. It would be located at the north end of the park, across from the bus parking area and west of the tennis court.
“We feel like it could be a nice addition to the park, and to the community,” Novinska said.
The goal of $55,500 would include everything from top to bottom for the new shelter. From construction, materials and even high quality, large picnic tables.
“Currently, at times, we receive more reservations than we can accommodate,” shared Board President Mary Ann Stenner. “We hope this will help with that.”
The Trustees have been kicking around the idea of building another shelter for some time, Stenner and Novinska noted, but an anonymous donation propelled the group forward with seeking donations specifically for the shelter.
The park itself is rather unique in the fact that its operating expenses are paid through a small trust left by William Marsden, and the generous donations made by individuals who use the park.
“We are so grateful for all of the donations we’ve received over the years,” Stenner said.
The park is located on Fennimore’s east side along Marsden Park Road and 8th street. It covers several city blocks and is a popular destination in the city throughout the year.
With the park looking ahead in 2020 to turning 100 years old, there is no better time to donate in its honor to support the building of a new shelter. Hopefully this new shelter will be able to accommodate a large variety of needs in the community from family gatherings to large fundraising events.
Those interested in donating can do so by dropping their donations off at the Fennimore Times office located at 1150 Lincoln Avenue (closed Wednesdays), any of the banks in Fennimore or by mailing to Mary Ann Stenner, 630 Washington Street, Fennimore WI 53809. Be sure to include that your donation is specifically for the new shelter. Those with questions can also call Mary Ann at 822-6253.