EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – Plans for renovation works at Irvine Park have been in the works for years. Now construction could start as early as May.
The $ 725,000 project would include a new pavilion with a permanent toilet in the Flag Hill area of the park, which is long overdue, according to Dick Hebert, director of parks, recreation and forestry at Chippewa Falls. The park currently has seasonal toilets that cannot remain open during the winter months.
“This is a very popular spot in Irvine Park. This is a place where many people have many of their annual picnics, and it’s a lovely, secluded area. I am very pleased that we are starting to make improvements here in Flag Hill, ”says Hebert. “We have a lot to do here, especially in winter. The cross-country ski run is right next to the flag hill. In winter we see more and more people here. That is why the park authorities decided on a year-round bathroom. ”
Other highlights of the plan are new playgrounds, pavilions, parking lots, hiking trails, steps and even a toboggan slope.
According to Hebert, the park has raised approximately $ 475,000 of the money needed to fund the project from the Thorpe Foundation and park donations. The department hopes to sell naming rights to the pavilion in order to get the rest of the money it needs.
While there is an option to wait to build the main pavilion in case the money doesn’t come in, Hebert says it would be cheaper in the long run to complete all of the construction at once.
If the project is approved by Chippewa Falls City Council on April 20th, construction is expected to begin in mid-May and hopefully be completed by September.
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