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Ron Bakken of Fish Chippewa!, a group focused on fundraising and spearheading the Erickson Park project, speaks during an April 2017 news conference in Chippewa Falls in this file photo.

FILE PHOTO, The Herald

Chippewa Falls’ Erickson Park project—a community goal to build a wheelchair-accessible fishing dock and park at a northern Chippewa Falls beach near Irvine Park—is nearing reality.

The park’s capital campaign has a small amount left to raise, after four couples, including Patti and Jeff Darley, Jim and Jan Docksey, Jerry and Mary Jacobson and Peg and Jake Leinenkugel, made a $40,000 contribution, a press release from Chippewa Falls parks director Dick Hebert said. The campaign needs $80,000 more to reach its final $250,000 goal.

The park will include a handicap-accessible fishing pier, observation platform at the top of the Glen Loch Dam, a walking bridge connecting the park with Irvine Park and Zoo, a bike trail, parking and a handicap-accessible boat launch.

Bids for the project will open March 6; those bids will be discussed by the Parks Board on March 13. Finally, the city council is expected to take up the matter March 20.

Construction may be completed by the fall of 2018 or the summer of 2019, Hebert said in January.

Individuals, businesses or organizations interested in making a contribution should contact the Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department at dhebert@chippewafalls-wi.gov or by calling 715-723-0051.

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Chippewa Herald reporter

Sarah Seifert covers the city and community of Chippewa Falls. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at sarah.seifert@lee.net.

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