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Playground and Skate Plaza Coming This Summer!

Land surveying has already begun down at the park. Soon we will see crews prepping the area, with construction starting in spring/summer 2022 for the skate plaza, new playground and solar shade structure. Timelines are fluid and subject to change. The skate plaza design, as well as 3D photos of the playground equipment are below.

The top photo shows two new playground structures and the city’s first handicap accessible merry-go-round. The large structure is designed for 5 to 12 year olds, and the smaller unit will accommodate 2 to 5 year olds. The green area will be ‘pour and play’ rubber surface. The brown areas will be covered in wood chips. If enough funds are raised, we can adjust the design to include additional ‘pour and play’ surface.

In addition to the new equipment, the bottom photo shows the placement of the park’s current swing-set and monkey bars relocated from their current location.

The top photo is the layout of the skate plaza design and its placement within the park.

The bottom photo is a solar shade tree from Solar Forma (located in Artisan Forge), purchased with funds from the city’s Sustainability Fund.

Let’s Partner Together to Build a New Improved Boyd Park!

Boyd Park Plus is an initiative to revitalize Boyd Park (located on Main Street) into the neighborhood’s crown jewel. Driven by the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association (EHNA) Steering Committee, this project will create an active community space of which we can all be proud. The vision is to build a neighborhood green space offering neighbors of all ages an attractive area to play, stage events, gather, and celebrate.

What are the Major Goals?

Many ideas are on the table, but some of the major legs of the project will include:

• More and better playground equipment
• Profoundly improved access to the Eau Claire River
• Shade trees
• Preservation of the park’s ice skating area
• A community garden program
• Prairie upgrades such as an educational pollinator lab
• First-class event potential

How Do We Do It?

Boyd Park Plus is a multi-phase project already underway. The two major phases are 1) development of a conceptual plan, which has been complete, and 2) park reconstruction. Both phases involve many steps and plenty of fundraising. Since the City of Eau Claire cannot begin to consider major improvements to Boyd Park for several years, the Neighborhood Association has decided to push ahead, creating a plan for the park ourselves and raising the needed money through private donations and grants.

Now more than ever, it’s important to offer our neighborhood opportunities to stay active, connect with nature, and strengthen our social bonds – and Boyd Park is a great place to do it.

Let’s build something amazing TOGETHER!

The Neighborhood Needs You!

This is a major project, led by a neighborhood grassroots effort. Our target goal is $3.1 million, with approximately half or more coming from grants (fingers crossed). This leaves roughly $1.5 million to fundraise and that’s where you come in!

The EHNA Steering Committee is a registered 501(c)(3) and donations to Boyd Park Plus are tax-deductible!

Donate Online

Mail a Donation

Cash or check donations (written out to ‘Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association’ with ‘Boyd Park Plus’ in the memo line of the check) can be mailed to:

Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association
Attn: Boyd Park Plus
PO Box 2114
Eau Claire, WI 54702

Questions? Comments? Contact Us!

Feel free to email us with any questions:

Chad Rowekamppresident@eastsidehill.com
Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association Steering Committee President

Chris Buskeboydpark@eastsidehill.com
Boyd Park Plus Sub-committee Leader

Why Boyd Park? Why Now?

The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association (EHNA) Steering Committee is committed to Boyd Park Plus as our next large-scale development project. Amid other priorities, in a neighborhood-wide survey conducted in 2018, Eastside Hill residents indicated what kinds of improvements to Boyd Park (located on Main Street, between McGraw and Summer Streets) they would like to see.

Since the City of Eau Claire cannot begin to consider major improvements to Boyd Park for several years, the Neighborhood Association has decided to push ahead, creating a plan for the park ourselves and raising the needed money through private donations and grants.

To accomplish this revitalization, the Steering Committee created the Boyd Park Plus initiative. In the fall of 2018, we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Eau Claire’s Community Services Department allowing us to plan and recommend specific improvements to Boyd Park which the city would then review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s Doing This?

The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association Steering Committee was formed in 1997 to stage neighborhood events, foster community projects, and advocate on local issues. The Steering Committee meets at least once a month to plan and strategize.

Historically, the EHNA has played a vital role in developing and advocating for Boyd Park amenities, including the pavilion and shelter/warming house, the prairie area, and the footbridge connecting the neighborhood with the city’s bike trail on the other side of the Eau Claire River. None of these things would exist as they do today without the involvement of passionate Eastside Hill neighbors and the EHNA Steering Committee.

What Input Was Used for the Conceptual Design?

The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association conducted a survey about Boyd Park, asking neighbors for their feedback. The survey included specific questions about what folks did and didn’t like about the park, the design and layout of the park, level of safety, existing facilities and what park features might be missing… After this, Ayres Associates were hired to create a conceptual plan. This process involved numerous public input sessions, as well as meetings with the city. The plan was narrowed down to a final design before going through Park and Waterways Commission review, then for its final approval by the Eau Claire City Council.

How Long Will This Take?

Good question. This will be an ongoing effort dependent on the speed and success of fundraising, as well as equipment sourcing. The start of construction will begin the spring and summer of 2022, with a new playground, handicap accessible merry-go-round, solar tree and skate plaza.  That’s right… Our own Boyd Park has a 100-year birthday coming up!

How Much Will It Cost?

Initially we raised $10,000 which was used for a conceptual design. The conceptual plan’s estimated construction cost is approximately $3.1 million. The improvements planned for 2022 include $130K for a new playground and $250K for the skate plaza, complete with a solar shade tree.

Who Will Pay for the Improvements?

The Boyd Park Plus initiative will be partially funded with $95K from the City of Eau Claire. The remaining funds will be provided by private donations from neighbors and area businesses, as well as local, state, and possibly federal grants.

The EHNA Steering Committee is a registered 501(c)(3) and donations to Boyd Park Plus are tax-deductible.

The skate plaza is a separate project that is included within the overall Boyd Park Plus design. It is funded by the Eau Claire Skater’s Association and the City of Eau Claire, for a combined total of $250K.

If I Can’t Afford to Donate, How Else Can I Help?

Besides donations, there are many ways to volunteer throughout the year. If you’d like to offer your time and talent, please email Chad Rowekamp at president@eastsidehill.com for opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!

What About the Skatepark?

The Eau Claire Skaters Association has raised $75K for a skatepark in Boyd Park and after a number of public input sessions over the past few years, the Eastside Hill Neighborhood has supported this project in our neighborhood. In addition, the City of Eau Claire has allocated $180K towards the project to fund the remaining costs and start construction this year. The skate plaza will be placed where the current playground is located.

Rough Timeline

2019
Awareness Campaign
Conceptual Plan Fundraising
Conceptual Plan Development

2020

Conceptual Plan Complete: September 2020
Fundraising Launch: December 2020

2021

Complete fundraising for playground

2022

Land surveying has begun. Construction will start spring/summer 2022 for the skate plaza, new playground and solar shade structure. Timelines are fluid and subject to change.

2023

Continue fundraising for additional park features and amenities

Media Contacts

News organizations looking to cover Boyd Park Plus may contact the following people for interviews and more info:

Chris Buske • boydpark@eastsidehill.com
Boyd Park Plus Subcommittee Leader

Chad Rowekamp • president@eastsidehill.com
Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association Steering Committee President