A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial pavilion in Coal Dock Park is tentatively slated for Wednesday, April 23.
This even as organizers work to raise the final $9,000 needed to make the pavilion a reality, organizer Jim Buczek said.
“If we can get those last couple dollars, we’ll be all set,” Buczek said. “Things are going well. We’ve gotten a lot of gifts from a lot of people in town.”
Organizers hope to begin construction in May, he said.
“If everything falls into place, we’re hoping to have it open by the Fourth of July,” Buczek said.
That is dependent on a number of factors, including weather, funding and the time needed to obtain permits, he said.
Buczek said he is pleased by the progress made thus far, noting the fundraising goal is $90,000.
“We’ve gotten some very generous gifts, particularly from We Energies and the Lions Club,” he said. “People have been very generous.”
A number of people have been asking about the possibility of ordering memorial bricks for the pavilion. They are still being sold, Buczek said, but orders must be received by May 1.
Organizers are also looking for in-kind donations, particularly of windows, concrete or a metal staircase, he said.
The pavilion is being built in honor of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek — Buczek’s nephew — and Peter Dougherty, who drowned off Port Washington in 2012.
Information on ordering memorial bricks is available at www.tylerbuczek.donationbricks.com.
Cash donations may be sent to Buczek, 127 E. Dodge St., Port Washington. Checks should be made out to City of Port Washington Memorial Pavilion.