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Project brings public restrooms to Boulder Junction Sports Park

October 18, 2019

A public restroom is planned to be built at the Boulder Junction Sports & Recreation Area Park.

The facility is the result of a public/private partnership fundraising campaign spearheaded by the family of Earl and Evelyn Sturm, longtime residents of Boulder Junction.  

Earl Sturm played softball for decades at the Boulder Junction ball field, served as president of the Boulder Junction Lions Club, and served on the Boulder Junction Town Board. 

When Earl passed in 2015, the Sturm family honored his softball legacy in northern Wisconsin by naming the ball field “Sturm Memorial Field.”

Subsequently the extended family formed “Sturm Family Building Community in Boulder Junction” and created another project to enhance the park with the assistance of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation and the Town of Boulder Junction 

“When Sturm Memorial Field was named in 2016 by our family, we dedicated ourselves through a community process, to enhance needed amenities and projects not only at Sturm Memorial Field but the entire Boulder Junction Community Sports & Recreation Area Park,” Janet Sturm Oppenheimer said. 

The total campaign goal is $65,000 and being raised in a public/private/community relationship model through individuals and families, businesses, corporate, foundations and nonprofits including the Sturm family. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation will be managing the restroom fund during the fundraising phase. All donations above the construction cost will benefit the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Restricted Endowment Fund. Other community partners include the town of Boulder Junction, and the Boulder Junction Lions Club, which is both a non-profit contributor and volunteer project partner. 

The Lions will be installing the facility on site with additional community participation.  

The Sports & Recreation Area Park in Boulder Junction houses a playground, skateboard park, tennis courts, ball field, basketball court, and the trailhead of the popular Heart of Vilas Trail System.

The restroom will serve a diverse community of children, adults, residents and visitors alike who will enjoy a clean, green, modern restroom facility. 

It’s anticipated more than 5,000 people will use the facility each year during the course of its lifetime.  

“The community clearly communicated to our family that it is time for a clean, green, and friendly public bathroom to be enjoyed by the residents and visitors to the area now and in the future,” Sturm Oppenheimer said. “A bike rack, water bottle filling and bike repair work stand will be added as named donation opportunities.”

The deluxe bike repair work stand is currently available to name at the $2,500 level. 

The project goal is to enhance the health and well-being of users of the Boulder Junction Community Sports and Recreation Area Park with a “site-built”permanent building, replacing two porta johns that currently service the entire park area. The structure will house two conventional, companion care, ADA compliant restrooms with green amenities, water conserving fixtures and energy efficient electrical components as touchless faucets and hand dryers. 

Supporters to date in the public/private fundraising campaign include: the family and friends of the Sturm family, the Boulder Junction Lions Club, Dairymens Foundation, the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, the town of Boulder Junction, Ascension- Howard Young Medical Center and many individual supporters who would like to see this project become a reality. 

The official fundraising campaign will end on Oct. 31. 

However, plans are to continue to sell personalized bricks that will be installed at the restroom site. 

Additional donations may be made through Dec. 31 by going online to www.boulderjunctioncf,org or by mail to: Boulder Junction Community Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 675, Boulder Junction, WI 54512.

For more information on the project and to download the donation form for custom brick orders or learn more about the history of the Sturm family in Boulder Junction and Earl’s softball career go to: www.sturmfamilybuildingcommunity,com or contact Janet Sturm Oppenheimer at [email protected]

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