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Tour and Offer Revitalization Input on the Forest Hill Cemetery’s Chapel

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by EHNA Steering Committee President Mark Ruddy

Neighbors! Here is an opportunity for Neighbors to view the interior of the chapel in Forest Hill Cemetery that the City is planning to improve and make available for public use (see below). The chapel will be open from  3pm, Thursday, November 17th, until 6:30pm when our Neighborhood Association will start their monthly meeting, this time using the chapel as a meeting site. Neighbors are always welcome to come to these meetings. This is a one-time use of the chapel for the monthly meeting, giving the Steering Committee and other neighbors a chance to see the chapel and give input into how they’d like to see it used.

FYI: Other monthly meetings will be held at the Boyd Park Shelter. When the Shelter is used as an evening warming house for ice skating, our Committee will meet at Spirit Lutheran Church. We also meet at Spirit Lutheran for our April and September larger meetings.

Forest Hill Chapel Ready for an Upgrade!

You may have noticed the propane fuel canister that has appeared just east of the Forest Hill Cemetery Chapel. Todd Cwalla, Parks, Forestry and Cemetery Manager explains that it is part of an upgrade to help preserve the building. A new furnace will prevent the vulnerable building from going through drastic seasonal temperature variations, thus extending its life.

In the past the chapel has been underutilized, used as a storage area. The goal now is to clean out the building, do interior painting and eventually have it available to the public for events like memorial services.

The City of Eau Claire first invested in improvements to the similar chapel at the Lakeview Cemetery off Cameron Street because a private donor paid for many upgrades. Three years ago that chapel was designated a historic site.

Now it is time for the Forest Hill Chapel to have a more important role in our Neighborhood. If you have ideas for how to better utilize the chapel express them to Todd Chwalla: todd.chwalla@eauclairewi.com

Image from findagrave.com

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