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River East Neighborhood group to receive grant from city, Foundation - July 29 2016

The following information is provided by the City of Oshkosh
For more information, contact:
Emily Makowski, Communications Coordinator
920-236-5269; emakowski@ci.oshkosh.wi.us


OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Neighborhood Associations in Oshkosh have been growing exponentially during the last few years, and one of the city's associations will be recognized with the first ever Great Neighborhoods Award on August 2nd during the annual Neighborhood Night Out celebration.

Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation will present the River East Neighborhood Association with a check for $88,550. The funds will be used for the neighborhood's approved project proposal for the William Waters Plaza Redesign implementation and Riverside Park trash receptacles.

Project proposals were received in May in response to the 2016 Great Neighborhoods Program, funded by the City's Capital Improvement Program and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The program is intended to strengthen neighborhoods in Oshkosh. Proposals submitted from various neighborhood associations and groups working to support healthy neighborhoods reflected potential enhancements to the quality of life through strategic improvements to public spaces.

After being evaluated by a group of resident leaders and City staff, proposals were then presented to the Common Council. Both the River East Neighborhood Association's submissions for the William Waters Plaza Redesign and Riverside Park trash receptacles were accepted and funded.

"We are fortunate that the city is willing to be a partner and welcomes opportunities to work with the
Foundation and donors on projects that improve the quality of life in Oshkosh," said Bill Wyman, president and CEO of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. "We are grateful to the many donors who have helped make neighborhood improvements possible. We have accomplished a lot already, but there's still so much more we can do."

The following organizations collaborated to make the Williams Waters Plaza Redesign a reality: River East Neighborhood Association, Downtown Business Improvement District Beautification Committee, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Downtown Rotary, Oshkosh Public Library, Landmarks Commission, developers of the Washington Building and City of Oshkosh Planning, Public Works, and Parks Departments.

A gateway to the River East Neighborhood, the William Waters Plaza will include historic influences of the famed architect William Waters, for whom the plaza is named. It will provide a space to visit, meet, and gather, and will become a source of pride for the Oshkosh community, for generations to come.

The project would not be possible without assistance and funding from the Oshkosh Area Community
Foundation's Taking Root Fund and individual donors. The public is encouraged to take part in
Neighborhood Night Out, an evening to connect with and get to know their neighbors, council members, city staff, and police officers.

Neighborhood Night Out takes place throughout the city on Tuesday, August 2nd at 4 p.m. The River East Neighborhood Night Out starts at 5:30 p.m., with the check presentation at 6:15 p.m. at Riverside Park.

The William Waters Plaza Redesign efforts truly reflect a commitment to strengthen neighborhoods
throughout the Oshkosh community. If you are interested in learning more about neighborhood programming, please visit the Oshkosh Planning Department's page at ci.oshkosh.wi.us, or call (920) 236?5126.



 

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