Spirit of Shawano Park getting a face-lift

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Lorna Marquardt, Special to the Leader

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Greetings, it is nice to be back visiting with you once again. There are so many exciting things happening in our beautiful city, and I look forward to sharing them with you through this weekly column. If there is a particular topic you would like me to write about, my e-mail address is mayor@shawanonet.net and my direct line at City Hall is 715-526-6152.

First, I have a message to share with you from our public works department. You will notice construction taking place on Presbyterian Street. There will be temporary postal drop boxes set up in the 200 block of South Washington Street by Monday. The temporary drop boxes will require you to get out of your vehicle, as South Washington Street will remain a two- way street throughout the construction season.

Eddie Sheppard, assistant administrator/public works coordinator, commented, “We appreciate your patience during the construction season. We strive to do everything we can to keep residents and construction crews safe.”

He added, “If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Department of Public Works at 715-526-3512.”

As you may already know, the Spirit of Shawano Park located on the corners of Main and Green Bay streets will be getting a face-lift this summer. The project was designed with significant input from the community (open house at City Hall, presentation at farmers market, social media and discussions with civic groups).

The current designs will change the grade of the park, bringing green and landscaped space down to street level instead of being elevated as it is now. The landscaping will be redone to give a “fresh look” while adding color and creating focal points that are aesthetically pleasing.

The names of the original 1,350 donors will be engraved onto two stone plaques. One plaque will be located on each side of the park. The statues (loggers and farmer) will remain on the site.

This intersection is extremely busy, and we want our residents and visitors driving through the area to have a positive impression of Shawano. The park will include two masonry columns standing approximately 9 to 12 feet high. These columns will display a welcome greeting.

Matt Hendricks, park and recreation director, commented, “This renovation project will take place midsummer; we hope to see its completion by Labor Day.”

Hendricks continued, “We expect the aesthetically pleasing, friendly environment will be a point of pride for the residents of Shawano. This park will catch the eye of those passing through, and hopefully encourage them to stop and see what our community and local businesses have to offer.”

Hendricks added, “to stay up to date with the project, please “like” the Shawano Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook. You can also contact me at the 715-526-6171.”

I would like to add a word of thanks to the park and rec crew for repairing and painting the windmill located at Huckleberry Harbor Park. It looks great! Additionally, the Master Gardeners will be replacing most of the landscaping at the park. A fresh look of wildflowers and plants will add to the beauty of the area. What a prime example of a local civic group giving back to the community.

This week’s trivia question: Can you name the four grocery stores located on Main Street in 1972?

Lorna Marquardt is the mayor of Shawano.