Ribbon Cutting Ceremony July 11
With construction wrapping up, the Wenzel Family Plaza will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 11.
Described as the centerpiece for downtown Marshfield, the plaza will be a year-round gathering space that will host events big and small. Plaza event coordinator, Mark Davis, will create and promote these events, which will include concerts and fundraisers, to more casual activities like fitness yoga or book readings.
“We want to bring as many things to the plaza as possible and make people feel welcome,” he said.
Main features of the plaza include the Everett & Dolores Roehl Stage equipped for lighting and technical needs. Families will enjoy the splash pad with programmable water jets that are manually turned on for four minutes at a time. At night, LED lighting will illuminate the water feature. The arboretum will provide a shady area to relax and have lunch.
Although permanent restrooms were removed from the plans due to expense, permanent solutions are still being discussed for the future. In the meantime, porta-potties and possibly restroom trailers will be short-term solutions.
Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Chesnut Ave., the Wenzel Family Plaza ribbon cutting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with food and refreshments followed by the ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. The Civic Band Concert will perform at 6:30 p.m. with Hub City Jazz at 8 p.m., the first of what will be many musical events at the plaza.
The majority of the funding came from private donations and grants. Contributors to the project include Russell R. Wenzel Public Park Fund and Harry J. and Violet Wenzel Family, Everett & Dolores Roehl, Nelson-Jameson, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Security Health Plan, Staab Construction Corp., David & Tammy Meissner, Forward Bank, Howard Family, Simplicity Credit Union, Arlan & Priscilla Ferch Family, the City of Marshfield Economic Development Board, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Marshfield, Main Street Marshfield, Marshfield Area Community Foundation, The Boson Company, Marshfield Monument, and many other local businesses and residents.
A committee with members from Main Street Marshfield, the Marshfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce oversee the plaza.
Welcome – Scott Larson, MACCI Executive Director
Mayor Bob McManus
Kaelie Gomez, Main Street Marshfield Executive Director
Bill Sennholz – Economic Development Board representative
Erin Howard – Wenzel Family Plaza Committee representative
Barb LeMue – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Official ribbon cutting
Food and refreshments – compliments of the Wenzel family