Friends of Neshota Pays Tribute

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By Charles Collier, The Denmark News

The Friends of Neshota Park recently recognized the volunteers and sponsors which, among various other improvements the park. Since 2013 the group of outdoor enthusiasts have brought life to the park located on Park Rd. and S. County Rd. T by maintaining and enhancing existing cross-country ski and horse trails. Friends of Neshota Park drew eyes when they completed the first phase of a jungle gym in fall of 2015 after a successful fundraising campaign.

On Tuesday, June 20 the group celebrated its accomplishments and honored those who made the playground possible with a dedication sign over the walkway leading visitors to the metal and plastic castle, immortalizing various contributions from a plethora of community organizations and individuals.

A ceremony was held for the sign, headlined by Matt Kreise from the Brown County Parks Department and former Friends president Karen VandenBusch. Members of the Denmark Lions Club, Denmark FFA, Brown County Board, Town of New Denmark Board, Trivent, Petersen families, Renier and Knuth Families, Cattelan Family and some of the many volunteers were present for the presentation.

Friends, though pleased with the progress they have made, are not finished with their work.  

“We are currently fundraising with hopes to double the size of the playground. So far, we have raised about half of what we need for the second phase and are writing grants for additional support,” Ginger Renier, current Friends president said.

Renier and the entire Friends organization invites all to come out and enjoy the park year-round and those interested in aiding further improvements are encouraged to contact Renier at 920-362-0211.