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As of May 2017, we have exceeded $968,000 in gifts and pledges thanks to these generous donors:
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We are over 80% of the way to our goal. You can add your name to this list by making a tax deductible gift toward the Loop the Lake Trestle project!
** $200,000 Community First Credit Union business matching grant **
** $10,000 donor match challenge success **
All personal gifts made between September 1, 2015 and Thanksgiving 2015 were doubled with a special anonymous donor matching gift. Thank you – we reached this special match goal!
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Come for a Free Musical Event! The 5 Milers will kick off and end the event invite other fine performers to join in during the afternoon. The songs of the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, Lime-liters, Weavers, John Denver, Chad Mitchel Trio, New Christy Minstrels and more will be featured.
There will be an opportunity to freely donate to the Neenah Trestle Bridge Project. Additionally the J. J. Keller Foundation Inc. will match up to $5,000 any money donated.
Bring a lawn chair and come out to sing along or come to just listen, but Come!
IN THE NEWS:
LINK to September 30, 2015 Post-Crescent article about Community First leadership donation.
LINK to September 5, 2015 Post-Crescent article about $10,000 matching gift.
LINK to March 20, 2015 Post-Crescent Article about the project.
LINK to May 30, 2015 Post-Crescent Article about project stewardship grant funding.
Loop the Little Lake Trestle Project Milestones: March 17, 2015: In a joint council meeting both the Neenah-Menasha councils voted in support for the Loop the Lake twin trestles project. With the resolution approved, fundraising and grant writing for this exciting community vitality project began. May 29, 2015: The state of Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee approves $1.6 million in stewardship grant funding towards the project.
The Loop Lower Little Lake Butte Des Morts initiative includes two new trestle bridges to close the Lower Little Lake Butte Des Morts loop. It is anticipated the trestle project will cost just over $3 million and will be funded with a combination of grants, fundraising, and partnership from the municipalities. Future Neenah will serve as the fundraising arm of Navigate Neenah-Menasha, a multi-year, multi-faceted initiative. At the end of 2015, we are over half way to the $1 million fundraising goal. It is anticipated construction of the trestles will take place in 2017.
Did you know, the existing trail receives over 350,000 visitors each year?
(Red line is the project area.)
Overall Purpose of Navigate Neenah-Menasha:
- Provide way finding points throughout our trail systems and communities.
- Connect our trail systems to each other.
- Provide additional water access points
- Connect pedestrians & silent sports enthusiasts to our story of our area- it’s history, development, and environment
- Increase traffic to our key destinations and business districts for economic sustainability
- Promote Healthy Living.
Key Elements of Navigate Neenah-Menasha:
Increase active lifestyle opportunities for individuals & families with silent sports amenities
- Twin Trestle Trail development/connection
- Kayak launch
- Kayak corral
- Bike parking
- Fishing Amenities
Informational kiosks & signage designed to both educate on history and environment, as well as navigate our area from our trail systems and water access points and integrate into our business community
Increase Public Access to Water
Water access in Neenah-Menasha Area is primarily privately owned. We are a community primarily surrounded by water so increasing public access to such amenities will help drive tourism and economic vitality.
Why is Way finding Important?
- Defining a sense of place. Way finding serves as a tool to educate visitors on boundaries, key destinations, area history, environmental species and supports a positive experience by making navigation easy.
- Economic growth and viability. By easing navigation we can reinforce access to key destinations in our community and increase our economic viability for sustaining these destinations.
- Quality of life. To enhance our experiences within urban environments.
- Highlighting Complimentary Destinations. Visitors may bypass lesser known destinations such as the Octagon House, retail districts like Downtown Neenah and Menasha, areas with historic homes rich with history, and other lesser known landmarks that make up the fiber of our community. Way finding programs seek to bring awareness that may not be included in modern technologies. Navigate Neenah-Menasha on Facebook: