Shawano parks get another financial boost

Pevonka Trust donates $25K to Smalley Park improvements

Shawano’s park improvements project has gotten another financial boost with a new donation to the cause, according to the Shawano Parks and Recreation Department.

The Harold E. Pevonka Trust announced it is contributing $25,000 to the Smalley Park phase of the project, which will occur in the summer of 2019.

“Yet another example of community members stepping forward to help make our community a wonderful place to live,” said Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks in a Facebook post. “This project will include added beach amenities (showers), ADA compliant walkways and a beautiful park shelter for all to use.”

Voters last year approved $1.85 million in borrowing for development and improvements at three city parks, including a splash pad at Memorial Park and a complete build-out of Franklin Park.

The build-out includes a stage area for concerts and other performances, walkways, a water feature, flag poles, picnic tables and benches, lighting and parking at the north end of the park.

At Smalley Park, plans call for a park pavilion with restroom facilities and a rentable picnic shelter; a canoe and kayak launch; boat landings and boat slips; improved parking, lighting and security; walking trails that connect all of the major park features; trees and other native plantings, including native plantings along the waterway to deter geese; and continued revitalization of the beach and the improvement of beach amenities.

The Shawano Park and Recreation Commission earlier this month approved a $1.04 million bid from Vinton Construction Co. of Manitowoc for the work at Memorial and Franklin parks, which is expected to take place this summer.

The last phase of the project, which would be the completion of Smalley Park, is expected to be bid out at around this time next year and be completed in the summer of 2019.

That part of the project, which is still in the design phase, is estimated at $650,000.

With the Pevonka trust fund donation, the city has tallied more than $90,000 in contributions toward the park improvements project.

Other contributions include $30,000 from the Shawano Country Tourism Development Fund Committee, $15,000 donated by the Rotary Club and $20,000 from the Egan Foundation.