Thanks in part to your room tax dollars and a new grant received by Destination Door County, the Door County Facilities and Parks Department announced they will be building a new intergenerational playground at John Miles Park in Sturgeon Bay.
After the old playground was in use for nearly 25 years, the parks are now able to upgrade the equipment to hopefully attract more members of the community to use the playground. The area will accommodate people throughout many generations, and will be able to assist people with disabilities as well. Door County Parks Manager Tim Kazmierczak talked about the impact of the new playground, and why it was so important to build a new one for the community.
The department was able to put the finishing touches on finalizing the playground with the money they received from Destination Door County in the first round of the Community Investment Fund Grants. Eight total projects were awarded grants with villages and towns like Gibraltar and Sister Bay, to the Door Community Auditorium receiving a grant for a Blues, Roots and Jazz Festival. After the DDC awarded $44,000 towards the construction of the Intergenerational Playground, Kazmierczak said that was what put the plans through the finish line.
As heard above, there will be a Community Engagement Forum held at the Door County Library on May 22nd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm to talk about the type of equipment the community may want.
The projects that were awarded funding in the first grant cycle include:
Village of Sister Bay awarded $90,000 for a Multi-Jurisdictional Trail
Door County Land Trust awarded $75,000 for the Trail Bridge at Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve
City of Sturgeon Bay awarded $45,551 for an Aquatic Weed Harvester
County of Door awarded $44,000 for an ADA and Intergenerational Playground at John Miles County Park
Door Community Auditorium awarded $40,000 for a Blues, Roots & Jazz Festival
Town of Gibraltar awarded $15,700 for Phase II Fish Creek Beach Playground
Door County Historical Society awarded $10,000 for the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Restoration
Northeastern WI Antique Power Association awarded $5,000 for an Historic Replica Valmy Service Station