Village Board asked to reconsider new park name

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Newly named Freedom Park in the Village of Fredonia may get a name change even before it hosts its first play day.

Fredonia resident Ken Watry has asked village trustees to reconsider the name they gave the park in May and change it to Gene and Vera Emmer Freedom Park.

In an email, Watry stated the Emmers should be recognized for donating 38 acres to the Northern Ozaukee School District and “multi millions of dollars of philanthropy in the Village of Fredonia.”

Land donated to the district included the site of the one-acre park next to the post office and bounded by Fredonia Avenue on the south and Regal Drive on the north and west.

The district later sold the land to the village.

Watry’s request is on the agenda for discussion and possible action by the Village Board when it meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Fredonia Government Center.

Trustees voted in May to name the site Freedom Park, favoring it over the other top contender, Endeavour Park.

Some trustees said the Freedom moniker was appropriate given the village’s proximity to Stony Hill School and the area’s Flag Day heritage.

Construction is underway at the park to build a pavilion. Sidewalks are also planned.

The park will remain largely grass-covered for more passive activities, officials said.

Eugene Emmer was a Fredonia resident who died in February 2003. Vera Emmer died in November 2002. 

They founded and owned Emmer Excavating.

 

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