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THIENSVILLE – The Village Park Re-Imagined project received a $25,000 donation from the Junior Women’s Club of Mequon-Thiensville.

“We are delighted to be able to donate these funds to be used toward the Village Park Re-Imagined project for new playground equipment,” said Junior Woman’s Club of Mequon-Thiensville President Colleen Krueger. “It is a wonderful project, one the whole community will enjoy for many generations.”

According to Krueger, the money comes from the club’s 12th annual Turkey Trot event, which had more than 1,500 participants.

The club previously donated $20,000 to the first phase of the project.

The first phase, which is under construction, includes a pedestrian entry, archway and a connector path between the two parking lots. The entry feature is expected to be finished with landscaping in spring.

Funding for the first phase also came from the Mequon-Thiensville Lions Club and a grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s green infrastructure program.

This new donation will be used for the second phase, which includes installation of play equipment — two state-of-the-art net climbers, swings, slides, spinners, a sand box and a children’s play structure for kids ages 2-5, according to a press release.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April and be completed in the early summer.

Some objectives for the second phase also include removal of dated equipment, defining the playground boundaries clearly, improving sight lines for parents, and creating ample seating with areas that encourage conversation.

The release said the village will look into future phases, which would include construction of a band shell, an interactive water fountain, an ice skating trail and building improvements.

Anyone interested in donating can do so through the village website, www.village.thiensville.wi.us/donate.​

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