Germantown — Plans are literally coming together brick by brick for a new home for all things entertainment in Germantown. For $100 a piece, anyone interested in supporting the cause can purchase a brick through the Kiwanis Club of Germantown, which recently began fundraising efforts to construct a performing arts pavilion in Firemen's Park.
Design is complete on the Kiwanis Performing Arts Pavilion, which club member Carol Miller said is a very exciting first step in making the dream into a reality.
"It's been a long time in the making," said Miller, adding the club has been discussing the possibility for almost 10 years. "The Kiwanis club only had six members at one point not that long ago, and has grown to include 24 people who are very passionate about this, so it is pretty exciting to see things start to come together."
Construction is not slated to begin until 2015, with the pavilion ready for use in 2016.
Contractors step up
The club is being conservative with the time frame primarily due to the $400,000 price tag for construction, Miller said, though she has been happily surprised with the support the project has already received.
International Concrete Products, Construction Supply & Erection, and Wendland Nursery, all of Germantown, have agreed to partner with the club to provide in-kind donations of products and supplies.
After hearing about the project details and overall plan for the pavilion, ICP Business Development Director Kristie Witherow said owners John Bisswurm and his father, John Bisswurm Sr., felt it was important to be involved and give back to the community.
"A number of our employees live in the Germantown area, so contributing to the project directly benefits the community, as well as our own employees," said Witherow. "Being a Germantown business for the last 27 years, ICP felt compelled to be involved with the creation of Germantown's (performing arts pavilion)."
It is too early to estimate a value of the products to be donated, but Witherow said decorative brick panels will clad the structure to give the pavilion a "high-end, sophisticated look that can weather the harsh Wisconsin winter and remain a fixture at the park for years to come."
The logical location
Corporate sponsorships and community events are next on the docket as far as fundraising efforts are concerned. The Kiwanis Club is, in July, hosting a Taste of Germantown event, something that was until a couple of years ago put on by the former Germantown Junior Women's Club. The event will be held at Fireman's Park so attendees can get a sense for the location of the future facility.
Laden with the history of the disbanding of the Germantown Fire Company, and their subsequent donation of funds for the park, Miller said Fireman's Park is the logical choice for the location of the pavilion within the village.
"Fireman's Park is really our community park," Miller said, "so we are hoping to build upon that foundation."
Once open, the pavilion will become a home for a variety of community events, including everything from park and recreation activities and concerts to weddings and corporate events.
"(The pavilion) is certainly going to become an asset in the community in a host of ways," said Village Administrator Dave Schornack, a Kiwanis member. "It will be hugely beneficial to have a place for things like a concerts in the park series or art exhibit to call home within the village."
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