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West Bend Early Risers Kiwanis Donates $50,000  to Library Recreation Center Project

West Bend, Wis. (March 2, 2020): At tonight’s City of West Bend Common Council meeting, the West Bend Early Risers Kiwanis announced a $50,000 donation to support Phase 1 of the City of West Bend Library Recreation Center Project. Through a partnership between the West Bend Community Memorial Library and City of West Bend Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, the new recreation center will be located in the lower level of the library building.

“The core belief of Kiwanis is that the most effective way to enhance a community is to enhance its children. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things will happen,” said West Bend Early Risers Board President Chris Jenkins. “We are proud to partner with the City on this important project that will directly benefit the children of our community.”

The Library Recreation Center will create a permanent indoor hub for community use, instructional programs and activities for all ages. This partnership will allow both entities with the ability to expand offerings and increase program availability throughout the year. The project’s Phase 1 construction will include:

  • Infrastructure (HVAC, electrical and plumbing)
  • Welcome Area
  • Dance and Exercise Studio
  • Multipurpose Room
  • ADA Compliant Restrooms
The West Bend Community Memorial Library is a regional destination that offers more than 175,000 books, ebooks, a digital creation lab, 3-D printer, and exceptional programs and events for all ages. By fully utilizing this existing, state-of-the-art facility—equipped with handicap accessibility and elevators—the project will be focused on maximizing the available basement space. The recreation center will offer affordable programs, including youth arts and crafts, theatre classes, karate, and will support the West Bend Parks and Recreation dance program that currently has 200 active participants. The center will also support adult dance, fitness, yoga, and active lifestyle offerings.

The City of West Bend Library and Recreation Divisions have pledged more than 60% of the dollars needed to begin the bidding process and construction. Phase 1 of the project is estimated to cost $362,000. The remaining project expenses will be raised through continued community fundraising efforts.

“There is a strong need in our community for this multi-purpose, indoor recreation space,” commented Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Mike Jentsch. “This generous Kiwanis contribution will take Phase I to the next step, enabling us to begin construction. We will look to the community to help realize Phase 2.”

Media Contact: Jessica Wildes, Marketing and Communications Director
262-335-5170 | wildesj@ci.west-bend.wi.us
1115 S. Main Street
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 335-5100

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