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$10k donation from WPS Foundation pushes Rhinelander closer to Hodag Park Improvement fundraising goal

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Katie Thoresen
Rhinelander is more than half way to its fundraising goal to begin phase one of the Hodag Park improvement project.

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is donating $$10,000 to the City of Rhinelander’s Hodag Park Improvement Plan.

This contribution gets the city 85% of the way to the matching grant from the Rhinelander Community Foundation.

City Administrator Zach Vruwink says there’s $15,000 that can be matched.

“From there, into January and February we’ll get the project out to bid to understand exactly what the final estimated cost will be to construct. At this point in time, we believe we’re sitting in a positive position. However, we do have additional fundraising yet to do,” said Vruwink.

The project goal is to create a more enjoyable space for people to use.

This part of the improvement project includes a new amphitheater, performance stage, walkways, and benches.

“Parks are a great equalizer in that they can be approached and utilized by anyone. Whether they’re getting there on foot or by bike, we want to make sure our parks are most accessible to all and much of the improvements involve accessible walkways and paths for people that might be in wheelchair or have other mobility aids,” said Vruwink.

The city is planning for construction to start in the spring.

Donations to the park can be made through the Rhinelander Community Foundation.

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