A “Wind Phone” became a new permanent addition to Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay this past weekend and is designed to help you grieve the loss of a loved one. Josh Gregory, who lost his mother Judy over a year ago, approached the City of Sturgeon Bay and worked with the Parks & Recreation Committee to get approval back in June for the design and location of the “Wind Phone”. The tradition started in Japan back in 2010 when a landscaper built a disconnected phone booth in his garden to “talk” with a cousin he had lost. The idea gained popularity around the world and Gregory was inspired to raise money for the project. Gregory hopes people take advantage of the “wind phone” in the park and find some peace and closure using it.
Over $2,000 was raised through a Go Fund Me page with a bench planned to be positioned near the “wind phone” in the future. Gregory says the project was a mental health exercise and was a way for him to continue the legacy his mother had in helping people. The “wind phone” is located on the shore of Bradley Lake in Sunset Park, on a path just north of the pickleball courts.