City of Koshkonong dedicates newly acquired community park

Thursday, November 9, 2017
The city of Koshkonong recently announced the official name of the new city park and dedicated the park with a ribbon cutting before their Ghoul’s for Good held Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Renee Janes

The city of Koshkonong, still busy admist city improvements, gathered with residents on Tuesday, Oct. 31 for a dedication of the park as well as the annual Ghouls for Good event.

Before dedicating the park, the city honored Koshkonong resident David Cottongin for assisting City Clerk Rachel McDonald during an incident that occurred at Koshkonong City Hall earlier this year.

Mayor George Hunt recognized Jim Bowes for his contributions to the city in the past year and was declared the citizen of the year.

“Anytime I needed him and called him for help, he helped immediately…I appreciate it and the city appreciates it,” said Mayor Hunt.

Representatives from the city and the fire department joined together for a ribbon cutting and declaration of the park.

“This is the first time the city of Koshkonong has actually owned the park. We have dedicated this park today. It will be forever known as Koshkonong Veterans Memorial Community Park and now belongs to the city of Koshkonong and its residents. We are pleased to have Bill Haley, Claire Haley, Alderman Codey Bryant, Alderwoman Nicole Tillman and Mayor George Hunt to cut the ribbon on this park. This will be the first day we use this as the Koshkonong Veterans Memorial Community Park,” said McDonald.

The inspiration for the park came from the monument that is at the edge of the park. One side of the monument commemorates World War I and World War II and the other side Vietnam.

The evening continued with Halloween festivities, Ghouls for Good. The city collected non-perishable food to be given to Hunger Heroes, which will be donated to the Oregon County Food Pantry.

There were less participants this year due to cold weather, nonetheless, the event was still a busy one. When asked what inspired the city to collect the food it was stated their inspiration comes from the sincere desire to help others who are less fortunate.

It was also stated, “acquiring this park means the city will take on the care and maintenance of it as well as future upgrades to it. We have a vision of playground equipment and a depot replica, there’s even been talk about putting a small chapel out there for weddings. It really is a very large park.”

Earlier this year, the city of Koshkonong deeded over the old cheese plan well to the fire department in exchange for the park, making it the first time the city has officially owned a park. Also, it is the first time in the history of the city, that the Koshkonong Fire Department will have their own well. This exchange took place at Wiles Abstract & Title Company in West Plains on Sept. 18.

Cutline: President of the Board of the Koshkonong Rural Fire Department Bill Haley, Claire Haley, Alderman Codey Bryant, Alderwoman Nicole Tillman and Mayor George Hunt were present for the ribbon cutting of the Koshkonong Veterans Memorial Community Park on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Pictured are Mayor Hunt and Alderwoman Tillman cutting the ribbon.

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