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Fundraising Campaign: Boyd Park Bathrooms

Submitted by Editor on January 13, 2016 – 9:00 pm | Print or Email »No Comment

The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association is kicking off a fundraising campaign to allow for the Boyd Park bathrooms to be open during normal park hours.

The EHNA has the goal of raising $4,025 by the end of March to ensure the work will be done and the bathrooms open by the beginning of summer. This money will pay for upgrades to install electronic locks, wiring upgrades, security cameras and internet connections that will make Boyd Park a free Wifi hotspot for all park users. (The Eau Claire Office of Community Development will contribute half of the total $8,050 cost of this upgrade through their Neighborhood Matching Fund Program.)

The neighborhood association is excited about this project and having these bathrooms available for use not only for people who live in the neighborhood but for those who use the park because of its proximity to the bike trail.

“As taxpayers, we paid for these bathrooms to be built. It seems silly for them not to be open most of the time for us to use them.” Jodi Emerson, Eastside Hill Steering Committee Member

“I take my young kids over to the park frequently to play. We would be able to play much longer if the bathrooms were available. Oftentimes, we get to the park and play for a few minutes before someone has to go to the bathroom. Our options, at that point, are to tell the kids to use the woods or we have to go home. These bathrooms need to be available for all of us to use.” Chad Rowekamp, Eastside Hill Steering Committee Member

Those who wish to contribute to this fundraising campaign can send a check to:

Eau Claire Community Parks Association
915 Menomonie St
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Please make sure to include a note indicating this donation is for the Boyd Park bathroom upgrades or write “Boyd Park” in the memo line.

UPDATES:
• Team Tiry Real Estate of 1820 Brackett Avenue has contributed $500 for our campaign.
• Jane Fisher from Caldwell Banker Realty has supported our campaign with a $200 contribution.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mark Ruddy at 715-839-7949/email at president@eastsidehill.com or Chad Rowekamp at 715-864-6011 after 3 p.m.

Neighbors on the News!

Local media has been running stories on the bathroom fundraising campaign, including both WEAU TV-13 (watch) and WQOW TV-18 (watch) who recently came out to Boyd Park to interview Eastside Hill Neighborhood Steering Committee Member Chad Rowekamp (and daughter Molly), as well as Steering Committee President Mark Ruddy. Check out these great photos of the interviews taken by your neighbor Richard Long!

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