Cascade Lake Park Project Receives $1M Donation

December 19, 2017 07:44 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A $1M donation is allowing the city of Rochester to move forward with its plan for a big makeover at Cascade Lake Park.

On Tuesday, the Wedum Foundation, that owns Shorewood Senior Campus, presented the city with a check.


Those who live at the Senior Campus say they believe it will change their lives for the better.

"And to think about the park when it comes to fruition, it's just wonderful," said Ruth Lincoln.

Suzanne Kruger, who also lives at the residence, says she feels the same way, “I’ve been so excited for so long hearing about this and I couldn't wait till it got started."

Boyd Pew added, “it’s exciting because you can see it's developed."

Mike Nigbur, Rochester’s Park and Forestry Division Head, says construction outside of Shorewood Senior Campus started a couple of weeks ago and on Tuesday residents learned what the completed project will look like.  

"We're talking about a regional park system with a future amphitheater, future beach house, future visitor center area, fishing pier, more landscaping. All has to be done in addition to what we're currently working on right now," said Nigbur.

The city of Rochester is able to make progress on the project after receiving the $1M donation.

"We made the commitment for $2M and then they applied for the grant with the state of Minnesota and they got it because there was the commitment from local funding sources," said Jay Portz, the president of the Wedum Foundation.

“The current project that we're doing right now just started here about two weeks ago. That really deals with the parking lot, trail work, underground utility work, an entire park are to prepare the site for landscaping next spring and summer," said Nigbur.

Some construction is expected to be completed by this summer; however there are a couple other phases in the work and there are no exact dates on their completion just yet.


Roxanne Elias

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