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Some of Our Projects

Wisconsin River Canoe & Kayak Launch

Project Name: Wisconsin River Canoe & Kayak Launch

Project Description: Canoe and kayak paddlers of all ages, abilities, and experience now have an easier way to launch on the Wisconsin River in Wausau. On August 28, 2012 a new handicapped-accessible launch was dedicated and opened up for public use. The launch is located on the east shore of the Wisconsin River at 1700 River Drive just North of the Bridge Street bridge. (River Drive can be accessed ONLY from East Wausau Avenue.)

Users place their canoe or kayak on a series of rollers in the center of the dock where it remains stable until the user is ready to launch. The launch has a wheelchair transfer station that assists paddlers in positioning themselves in their kayak. Paddlers push off from the launch with the aid of two parallel handrails. When returning, paddlers reverse the process and pull themselves up to the dock’s level center. Annual installation and removal will vary with seasonal ice and flooding conditions. In early spring and late fall you may want to contact the Park Administrative Office to determine availability. The launch eliminates the need to step in the water which is advantageous when paddling during cool weather.

This project was made possible through the partnership and support of the Wausau and Marathon County Park Foundation, the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department, and Wausau Water Works.

Amount donated: $21,810

Duane L. Corbin Shooting Range

Project Name: Duane L. Corbin Shooting Range

Project Description: The Foundation provided the financing for the renovation and upgrade of Marathon County’s Duane L. Corbin Shooting Range. While enhancements were made to the rifle, pistol, skeet, and archery ranges, the focus of the project was to provide classroom facilities for hunter safety and firearms safety training.

The Foundation provided the majority of project funding through a major grant it obtained from the National Rifle Association that we matched with funds garnered from Marathon County, numerous local sportsmens groups, individuals, and a large Ducks Unlimited style fundraising dinner. The range is recognized as one of the finest in the state.

Amount donated: $69,408.36

Marathon Park Train

Project Name: Marathon Park Train

Project Description: When the concession operator at Marathon Park was ready to retire, Marathon County wasn’t in a position to purchase his miniature train, which had been in Marathon Park for almost 60 years. The Foundation stepped in to ensure that this community icon would remain in Marathon Park. A quick fundraising campaign was put together and the train was purchased with a combination of donated and existing funds. The train was then donated to Marathon County with conditions that ensure its continued operation.

Amount donated: $10,000