The Jewels of Our Community

Waterloo Parks

2016-2017 Community Support Campaign

Dear Neighbor,

We love Waterloo and want to see the best for its future. Yes, special places just don’t happen, they require special action. Are you with us?

Our Vision:

Waterloo’s Parks will serve as the jewels of our community for decades to come receiving broad use and support from the community -- young & old, new & long-time residents alike.

Our Mission:

  1. Keep Waterloo’s Parks as the special places they are -- where play, the outdoors, youth development, community recreation and a lifetime of smiles intersect.
  2. Secure the future of Waterloo’s Parks so they continue to be a tangible reflection of the quality of life in our community without burdening the already stretched local tax levy.

We are writing to ask you to support hometown only-in-Waterloo moments:

...The swing and crack of a baseball bat at Firemen’s Park on a summer afternoon...

...The rustling of leaves under foot and serene chorus of crickets as a young family strolls among the fall colors at the Waterloo Regional Trailhead and the 40-acre Dr. J.S. Garman Nature Preserve...

...The carnival cadence of the antique band organ as the 1911, C.W. Parker Carousel brings smiles to wide-eyed youngsters...

...The foot-tapping melodies of a downtown performance by the Waterloo City Band at the Veteran’s Park bandstand...

...The oohs and aahs of the crowd as the July 4th fireworks reflect off the Maunesha River...

These -- and many more only-in-Waterloo moments -- are important to us -- that is why we are writing to ask you to join in supporting Waterloo Parks. We can’t do it alone, we need your help.

We believe Waterloo Parks are special and need to remain the jewels of our community. Did you know our parks offer a host of recreational experiences? Playgrounds, disc golf course, dog exercise park, soccer fields, baseball & softball diamonds, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, bird watching, picnicking, a kayak/canoe put-in, local Native American history, riverwalk bike and pedestrian paths and much more...

Will you help sustain what makes Waterloo special by making a donation in support of Waterloo Parks? Will you take a moment now to make a contribution?

Can you become a Recreation Sponsor or a Park Patron? A $300 Outdoor Enrichment gift or a $500 Keystone Benefactor donation entitles you to a 50% discount on 2017 facility rentals. This gift could pay for itself with one park rental. Your donation ensures funding is available to restore the deteriorating iconic Firemen’s Park entryway, fund youth programming, support community-wide events and much, much more.

Your donation to Waterloo Parks will:

INCREASE -- year-round recreational opportunities for all ages.

INSPIRE -- young and old to engage in outdoor discovery.

PROMOTE -- community health through increased outdoor programming and increased time in nature. OFFER -- ideal facility rental opportunities for weddings, graduations, quinceañeras and anniversaries. CREATE -- economic opportunities for businesses as visitors engage in Waterloo’s outdoors.

We all can personally benefit from Waterloo’s Parks. They are gathering places to meet with friends; open spaces to exercise and reap the benefits of the great outdoors; and community resources where one can connect to others and nature.

Are you with us? Be a Waterloo Parks Hero. Complete and return the reply slip. Mail your contribution today.

And if you haven’t discovered Waterloo Parks lately take these two steps: (1) stretch your legs & check them out, then (2) secure the future of Waterloo’s Parks by sending in a contribution today. Thank you.


Gregorio Ayala, Ayala’s Market                                                Jo Lynn & Al Kegler, Flowers for Firemen's Park

Michael Becker, Waterloo City Band                                         Tim Kopplin, Parks Commission

Tom Bergan, McKay Nursery                                                     Bonnie & Mike Lannoy, Lannoy’s Piggly-Wiggly

Sharon Burbach, American Legion Auxiliary                              Donna & Jim Larrabee, Flowers for Firemen's Park

Charley Crave, Waterloo Regional Trailhead                            Mike Neitzel, Do It Best Hardware

Implementation Team

Pam Davison, Farmer's & Merchant State Bank                       Jeni Quimby, Parks Commission

Brad Donner, High School Principal                                           Kay Radloff, Avestar Credit Union

Gary Duckert, Duckert Wood Products                                      Lindsay Reynolds, Dog Park Representative

Nicole Forster, President, Waterloo Chamber of                     Cheryl Setz, F & M State Bank


Gabe Haberkorn, Parks Coordinator                                          John Spies, City Assessor (retired)

Tim Haldiman, Service Insurance Agency                                  Angie Stinnett, Parks Commission Chair

Beth Haseleu, Avestar Credit Union                                          Craig Strobel, Parks Commission

Sean Hennessy, Friends of the Carousel                                    Margaux Stutz, Trek Bicycle

Brian Henning, School District Superintendent                         Erin Ziaja, Friends of Firemen’s Park

Dick Jones, County Board Supervisor



---Return this slip with your check to: “Waterloo Parks 2016-2017, 136 N. Monroe Street, Waterloo, WI 53594---

Waterloo Parks - Community Support Campaign – “ARE YOU WITH US?”

  Keystone Benefactor - $500                [Receive all the THANK YOU gifts listed below]
  Outdoor Enrichment Gift - $300          [Your gift, the book: “Waterloo’s Firemen’s Park, By the People, For the People”]
  Recreation Sponsor - $125                  [Our gift to you, the newly released DVD: “The Waterloo Carousel”]
  Park Patron - $50                                [Receive a 2016-2017 Carousel pass]
  Specify How Your Gift Will Benefit Waterloo Parks  (CHECK ONE OR MORE FROM BELOW)

◊ Direct my gift to the most urgent immediate need.

◊ Firemen’s Park Facility Improvements [including: Carousel, Pavilion, ball diamonds & existing structures]

◊ Waterloo Dog Park – Phase 2 [The big dog section]

  Youth Programming [including athletic and nature based education/recreation opportunities]

 Independence Day Celebration


100% of donations to benefit Waterloo Parks. Funds will be segregated and used only for directed purposes. The City of Waterloo serves as fiduciary agent for this Waterloo Parks 2016-2017 Community Support Campaign.

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---Return this slip with your check to: “Waterloo Parks 2016-2017, 136 N. Monroe Street, Waterloo, WI 53594---

Thank You For Supporting Waterloo Parks!!!




(Sponsored by Soular Pizza, Grill & Chill and Tyranena Brewing Company)

June 16 The Madpolecats (reggae/bluegrass family band)

July 14 Daylight In The Swamp (contemporary bluegrass)
July 28 North Country Drifters (classic country and western swing)
August 18 Soggy Prairie Boys (bluegrass)
September 1 Rusty Hearts (country and western & 50’s honky-tonk)


Friday, July 1 Softball, Horse Pull (5 pm) and DJ (7 pm)
Saturday, July 2 Vendor/Craft Fair, Softball, The Don Peachey Band (7 pm)
Sunday, July 3 Fireworks, Baseball, Softball, Midway Games, City Band (10 am), Wayne the
Wizard (noon), The Devilles (4 pm), Band X and the Boogie Men (7:30 pm)


Firemen's Park.  Located east of North Monroe Street and north of Boorman Street. The Park is accessible from the west via Dickenson Street and from the south via Hendricks Street.

Amenities at the Park include: the 1911 C.W. Parker Carousel, baseball and softball diamonds, fields for soccer and football, nine-hole disc golf course, concession stands, playground equipment, pavilions and an asphalt path. Events include a Memorial Day ceremony, Independence Day celebration and the Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday before Easter).



Waterloo Regional Trailhead is located at 760 McKay Way. Amenities at the Waterloo Regional Trailhead include: an interpretive center that opened on December 14, 2013; a multi-use, paved path encircling the park; covered pavilion with picnic tables; native plantings; and a paved parking lot. The Waterloo Regional Trailhead hosts a variety of educational programs and public events. A hiking trail connects the Trailhead to Garman Nature Preserve and the trail head is incorporated into a regional system of recreation trails promoted by the Glacial Heritage Area.

Morrison Field is located on Minnetonka Way. It open lawn park space with on street parking and a small parking lot.

Veterans Memorial Park is centrally located downtown. Amenities include a gathering space with a covered performance stage, refurbished Maunesha Business Center, war memorial, limestone clad seat walls, water fountain and ornamental plantings. The Waterloo City Band gives several summer concerts at the covered performance stage.

Youker Park is located at Mill Street. It is a prairie area with a bike path and a bridge connecting from Mill Street to Firemen's Park.