Fundraising campaign aims to boost Winneconne swim area - May 20 2015

WINNECONNE, Wis. - One of the village's unique attractions - the Marble Park Swim Area with its sandy beach and the shade umbrellas - could become a bit more fun with new inflatable swimming toys just in time for the summer season.

The Winneconne Area Community Foundation (WACF) has launched a $10,000 fundraising campaign with the hopes of purchasing the inflatable pool equipment in June and having it installed in early July.

"When we started the Foundation two years ago, we talked to a lot of community members who told us that something needs to be done to improve Marble Park," said WACF Board Chair Kate Pfaendtner.

"The park, with its sand-bottom swim area and the other recreational features, is one of the unique draws to our community, and a lot of our board members have memories about swimming there as a kid. So it makes a lot of sense that this is our first big community project."

The project is a partnership with the village of Winneconne. In May, the Village Board endorsed the plan to raise funds for the inflatable equipment.

Village Trustee Ed Fischer said he and other board members see the project as a worthwhile enhancement to the park.

"Marble Park is a unique part of our community," said Fischer, who chairs the Parks Committee. "Our swimming pool is manmade - it's kind of like a lake and pool - and I think these inflatable objects would help us see greater attendance during the summer season."

The Foundation is hoping to raise the money by June 1. The campaign officially launched at WACF's Whistle Stop event on May 17.

To Donate

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Send checks made to "WACF" to:
    Winneconne Area Community Foundation
    P.O. Box 476
    Winneconne, WI 54986-0476
    Please write Marble Park Fund in the memo line.

"Marble Park is a wonderful resource and the inflatables would be a great way to make swimming there a lot more fun," said Emily Dunham, advisory WACF board member.

Dunham thanked people who took an online survey and who filled out paper surveys that were circulated in May. The results are being considered by the Parks Board.

"It's just amazing to see the community pull together like this," WACF Board Chair Pfaendtner said. "We hope to generate just as much excitement in the future when we look at other development possibilities for the park, as well other parts of the community."

WACF, with more than 22 funds and $1 million in endowed assets, was founded in 2013 to serve the residents of Winneconne and the surrounding area as a charitable giving partner benefitting charitable organizations in the Winneconne Community School District, which includes Larsen, Winchester, Poygan and Butte des Morts. WACF is an affiliate of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our donors enjoy maximum tax benefits. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.

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