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Green/Lafayette counties Annual Report 2011-2012

A Bridge to the Future in South Wayne

For the past 10 years, travelers on scenic Highway 11 in Southern Wisconsin have witnessed the transformation of an old farm field into the beautiful and expansive South Wayne Community Park.

This year

the project reached its pinnacle with the completion of a traditional lattice- style footbridge that crosses a creek in the park.

From the beginning, the park project has been spearheaded by the South Wayne Community Fund.

“We wanted to do something that would attract visitors and bring folks into the community,” said Dick Meske, a member of the fund board.

Pictured above is bridge designer Dick Anderson and South Wayne Community Fund board members Chris and Claire Obert.

Since the Village of South Wayne, population 489, purchased the land in 2001, the South Wayne Community Fund has invested more than $418,000 in the project. The board has led fundraising efforts, recruited volunteer labor and in-kind donations, and created a vision for the community park.

The multipurpose park now includes a baseball diamond, shelter house, basketball court, volleyball court, playground, walking trail, parking lots, sidewalks, flower beds, benches, and landscaping.

“There’s been a lot of local pride,” said Meske, “and now we have so many community folks use the park. It’s become a viable asset for the people of South Wayne.”


In Green and Lafayette counties, your Community Foundation donor services representative is Linda Gebhardt. Please contact Linda if you are interested in creating a fund, donating to an existing fund or have any questions about Community Foundation grant activities. She can be reached in Monroe at 608-328-4060 or via e-mail at

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