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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:38

Trustee wants land by post office to come to life

There is a sliver of village-owned green space along the west side of Fredonia’s post office, and it’s one of the first things you see upon entering the village off Highway 57.
Trustee Jill Bertram, who is chairwoman of the village’s Parks Committee, wants the vacant land to be utilized in a way that will pack a punch.
“Our entrance needs to be more welcoming for those coming here for the first time. It needs to show some energy,” she said of the park that is not only nameless but hasn’t been measured for its dimension.
Bertram said it will soon be surveyed.
It did serve as an ice-skating area the last few years, but that was moved to Stoney Creek Park as the result of the allure of a warming structure built there by an Eagle Scout.
The land was also once considered a possible home to a new fire station, but the station stayed put and is instead soon being expanded.
Bertram’s committee is working to come up with ideas that she hopes to slowly bring to life, step by step, over the course of about five years.
“There’s not a lot of money at our disposal, so it can only be things we can afford,” she said. “This can’t not be something where we’re breaking the bank.”
Landscaping is a priority, and the generosity of the local Lions group may provide a starting point, she said. To commemorate the club’s 100th international birthday, it has pledged a $400 shade tree for planting at any of the village’s parks.
Furthermore, Bertram said the club is willing to donate between $2,000 and $20,000 toward park upgrades and has asked the village to provide a wish list.
“I hope some of this could go toward bringing this piece of land to life,” Bertram said of the open parcel. “There is no park at that end of town and we need one.”
She said it could be an ideal spot for the village’s farmers market — “It would sure be better than on the concrete in front of the government building, where it is now,” she said — and could even become home to live-music events.
“The challenge is to make it an attraction despite the limited space,” she said. “I’m thinking about something compared to the Live at the Triangle that takes place in Saukville. That gets a lot of interest and it’s on a small piece of land.”

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