Golding Park advocates seek ‘placeholder’
Organizers have not raised enough funds to purchase property for the proposed Golding Park.
Although Working Together for Waupaca County (WTWC) raised more than $21,000 from 45 individuals, it failed to reach its $200,000 goal in time to meet the seller’s Dec. 13 deadline.
Located on County Trunk K across from Nelson Park and the Red Mill, the proposed park overlooked the Crystal River.
Over the past four months, WTWC met with agencies and organizations for advice, including Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Waupaca County officials.
Jane Haasch said WTWC was advised that a successful grant-making process may take a year from submitting an application to final approval.
WTWC was told one option was to find an individual or group willing to purchase the land as a “placeholder” until the WTWC secured the necessary funding.
In a letter to WTWC, the East Central Planning Commission indicated their support of the Golding Park project because it supports their mission of ensuring recreational opportunities and protecting open space for future recreational use.
In addition to the recreational benefits, the letter mentions the potential economic benefits that are substantial to the area.
WTWC is seeking someone willing to purchase the property and serve as a “placeholder.”
If no “placeholder” comes forward, WTWC will end its efforts to develop the park on Jan. 15, 2018.
Donations, which are tax-deductible, can continue to be made until Jan. 15, 2018. Send a check, payable to Waupaca County Natural Resources Foundation with WTWC in the Memo line, to Mark Sether, Waupaca County Treasurer, 811 Harding St., Waupaca, WI 54981.
To make a pledge, email firstname.lastname@example.org with pledge in the subject line. To donate online, go to www.generosity.com, search for Golding Park.
Anyone interested in becoming a placeholder for the park is asked to contact WTWC through email at email@example.com or call 715-258-5664.