Stayer Park fundraising goal achieved


A GENEROUS DONATION of $5,000 from Bank First National has helped the Plymouth Lions Club achieve their fundraising goals for the Stayer Park project in Plymouth by their donation of $5,000. Taking part in the donation were (left to right) Jerry Baltus, Plymouth Lions Club; Todd Neils, Bank First market president; Brian Yerges, city administrator; Kevin Loose, president of the Plymouth Lions Foundation; and John Mueller, Bank First vice-president. “As a community-focused bank, we are proud to support this project that benefits individuals and families in our community. Our Plymouth roots date back to 1948 when Dairy State Bank was founded and when they began their commitment to making our community a better place to work and live. We are proud to continue that tradition today,” Neils said. — Submitted photo A GENEROUS DONATION of $5,000 from Bank First National has helped the Plymouth Lions Club achieve their fundraising goals for the Stayer Park project in Plymouth by their donation of $5,000. Taking part in the donation were (left to right) Jerry Baltus, Plymouth Lions Club; Todd Neils, Bank First market president; Brian Yerges, city administrator; Kevin Loose, president of the Plymouth Lions Foundation; and John Mueller, Bank First vice-president. “As a community-focused bank, we are proud to support this project that benefits individuals and families in our community. Our Plymouth roots date back to 1948 when Dairy State Bank was founded and when they began their commitment to making our community a better place to work and live. We are proud to continue that tradition today,” Neils said. — Submitted photo The Plymouth Lions Club has achieved their goal in securing the $600,000 in funding necessary to proceed with the equipment order and build for the new Stayer Park in downtown Plymouth.

Capping the fund raising effort was the news that Lions Club International Foundation has agreed to assist the club with this project by awarding a grant of $100,000 earmarked for the park.

“This year is the 100th anniversary of Lions clubs, and Lions Clubs International is encouraging local clubs to celebrate with centennial projects in partnership with their communities, especially those fitting the overall mission of Lions, to support the blind and handicapped, to support children, and to build and support our communities. Lions International feels the Plymouth Lions’ Dare to Dream project for Stayer Park is a great example of meeting those causes, and made a substantial commitment of their own for our local community. It’s pretty special to have them commit so greatly to a local project it,” said Randy Kulow, president of Plymouth Lions Club.

Based on reaching the funding goal for the project, Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges advised that the order for the playground equipment has been placed. Installation of the equipment is tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 21 and is anticipated to take about three weeks.

In the meantime, work continues along the Mullet River to relocate utility wiring, build the new public restroom and plaza stage, relocate the dog park, and repave and reconfigure the parking area.

“Although Plymouth Lions Club and Lions Clubs International Foundation together contributed $207,000 to this project, we couldn’t have done it without the generous support of several corporate and private citizens. All of these will receive recognition publicly as the project unfolds, but we especially have to thank Johnsonville Sausage and the Stayer Foundation for wanting to preserve the Stayer family’s heritage in Plymouth with their commitment of one-half of the project’s cost”, said Kevin Loose, president of the Plymouth Lions Foundation.

“We believe Stayer Park will become the jewel of Plymouth’s park system, and together with the city’s beautification effort in this area, is going to transform the look and usage of downtown. The Mullet River Corridor study really set the stage for improving the land use and environmental compatibility for this project, not to mention the overall beautification of this area of the city”, said Jerry Baltus of the Plymouth Lions Foundation.


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