New “Welcome to Oshkosh” signs greet visitors with refreshed city logo - August 1 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

Photo caption: A welcome sign is placed along Algoma Boulevard near the Interstate 41 entrance to Oshkosh. The sign is lighted at night.

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Residents and visitors may have noticed some new additions welcoming them to Oshkosh. Last week, four "Welcome to Oshkosh" signs were installed at key entry points from Interstate 41 into the city of Oshkosh -- State 21, State 44, Ninth Avenue and Algoma Avenue. A fifth sign is planned near Jackson Street.

The 12- to 14-feet-tall signs, which cost $93,000, were funded by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation's Taking Root Fund.

"The Taking Root project has done so much to beautify the city and our neighborhoods and has really helped build a lot of neighborhood pride," said Bill Wyman, president and CEO of the Foundation. "The welcome signs are here to let people know that we're proud of our community, and we care a lot about our quality of life."

A dedication ceremony for the new welcome signs will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the State 44 location, near Hardees restaurant. The event is open to the public and will provide a great opportunity to get an up ?close look at the signs. The dedication takes place on the same day as Neighborhood Night Out in Oshkosh, a celebration of neighbors and community pride.

"I can't emphasize how much the city appreciates the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, whose support made this project a reality," said Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff. "The new signs, which feature the refreshed city logo, are a wonderful way to show community pride. The sign located off of Highway 44 was possible thanks to an easement on the property that Hardees is located, and we are thankful to the owners of Hardees restaurant for their cooperation."

In addition to the new signs, the public?private partnership that developed from the Taking Rood project resulted in the planting of nearly 3,000 trees in public spaces throughout the city, in addition to landscaping and trees in city parks and other properties, including a newly landscaped Oshkosh Public Library.

Residents helped raise more than $500,000 in 2010 to support the project, and funds continue to be donated for future beautification projects.

"The city has played a very important role in the launch of the project and the donor support has been really amazing," Wyman said. "It is lucky for Oshkosh that the city was open to working with the Foundation. For as much as we have been able to accomplish, there's so much more that we can do to beautify our city."

Donations to the Taking Root Fund will help support future tree planting, landscaping, and beautification projects in Oshkosh, as well as maintenance for the existing trees and signs long into the future.

Donations can be made online or by check to:
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
Taking Root Fund
230 Ohio Street, Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54902?5894

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All gifts are eligible for maximum tax benefits.


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