NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – A special fundraiser is getting underway for a new park attraction.
Part of that fundraiser entailed Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert climbing a firetruck ladder- with a perfectly good explanation, of course. The fundraising effort is for a new firefighter themed kids’ splash pad at Washington Park.
“Never did I believe that I’d be climbing a 100 foot ladder!” said Kaufert. “One of the firefighters came up and said, ‘Mayor, the splash pad is a great idea- could we do a firefighter theme splash pad?’ And I said sure. They looked at costs and the firefighter theme with the graphics and that costs a little more money than a generic splash pad. So I said if you guys raise some money, we’ll do a fire themed splash pad.”
Enter the 600 miniature firefighter stress balls. Today’s drop was only a practice run to promote a future fundraising event, but the excitement of a new attraction is growing by the day.
“My grandson, he told me, ‘Grandpa, it’s going to be pretty cool to be able to play on this splash pad,'” said Kaufert. “So I’m anxiously awaiting September when all of the kids in Neenah and the surrounding area are going to be able to use the splash pad here in Neenah.”
The official firefighter stress ball drop will take place May 8 at Memorial Park starting at 11 a.m. Mayor Kaufert says the stress balls can also be purchased for $20 a piece at Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue Station 32.