Village committee stands by Freedom Park name

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Fredonia Village Parks Committee has made it official: Freedom Park on the village’s east side on Fredonia Avenue will continue to be called Freedom Park.

That’s after some residents asked that the name be changed to Gene and Vera Emmer Freedom Park.

They said the late couple should be recognized for donating land to the Northern Ozaukee School District and “multi millions of dollars of philanthropy in the Village of Fredonia.”

The land donated to the district included the site of the one-acre park next to the post office and bounded by Fredonia Avenue on the south and Regal Drive on the north and west. Some time after the donation, the park site was sold to the village.

Village officials later discussed the issue and said a park planned for the north side of the village nearer to the school would be a more appropriate site to name after the Emmers.

Eugene Emmer was a Fredonia resident who died in February 2003. Vera Emmer died in November 2002. 

They founded and owned Emmer Excavating.

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