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 email@example.com or by calling 715-723-0051.