(City of Stevens Point)

City unveils Hall Nature Preserve signage in honor of Kent and Sue Hall

By Patrick Lynn

The city of Stevens Point has unveiled the Hall Nature Preserve, a 30-acre sanctuary dedicated to the memory of community members Kent and Sue Hall.

A new sign commemorating their legacy was revealed this week, marking a milestone in honoring the couple’s lifelong dedication to environmental conservation and community engagement.

The Hall Nature Preserve, located on the northeast side of Parkdale Park, stands as a testament to Kent and Sue Hall’s commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the Stevens Point area.

Open to the public, the preserve invites residents and visitors to explore the rich biodiversity of the city’s landscapes.

During the unveiling ceremony this week, Kent Hall expressed joy as he saw the sign for the first time. Sue Hall died in 2023.

The sign will be installed sometime in April, the city said.

Kent and Sue Hall, both active in the Audubon Society, have left a lasting impact on the Stevens Point community. Sue Hall served on the Stevens Point Park Commission for 18 years and was the co-chairperson for the construction of the Pfiffner Pioneer Park bandshell project.

Kent Hall, a teacher at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of an educational center for the Mead and McMillan Wildlife Areas. He was also a key figure in the city’s Bird City USA designations for Stevens Point and Plover.

Kent and Sue Hall have two children, Sheri Johnson of Mount Pleasant, Wis., and Doug Hall of Everett, Wash.