Grants awarded to Cultural Commons project

By Brandi Makuski

A new pocket park slated for the city’s northwest side is one step closer to becoming reality.

The Cultural Commons project, first introduced during a city plan commission in 2015, received two grant awards of $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Development Committee. Another $50,000 is needed to break ground.

The space will be located at the south end of Pfiffner Pioneer Park, away from the space used for Riverfront Rendezvous and other large-scale events held there.

L-R: Melissa Sabel, TDC member; Leon Ostrowski, Polish Sister City member; Sharon Stratton, Rotary Club of Stevens Point member; Amy Wiza, Nicaragua Partner City member; Sara Brish, TDC member; Julie Bierrenkott, TDC member; Susan Burns Zach, Russian Sister City member; Suzanne Murphy, Rotary Club of Stevens Point member; Jim Anderson, Rotary Club of Stevens Point member. (Contributed)

Cultural Commons will feature multiple natural accents, sculpture work and an outdoor classroom. The project also calls for a pergola, a labyrinth and “space for personal reflection”.

According to the plans submitted to the city, plants reflecting the culture and landscape of sister cities will also be included; informational kiosks, an interactive Smartphone app and improving pedestrian access on Crosby Ave. is also part of the long-term plans.

The new pocket park is a joint project between UWSP, the Stevens Point Rotary, the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas and groups supporting the sister city relationships with Gulcz, Poland and Rostov Veliky, Russia.

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