CAP Services will break ground on Eco Park August 20

//CAP Services will break ground on Eco Park August 20
From left, CAP Services’ Fresh Start crew members Mike Kallas and Anthony Meverden, and Fresh Start staff member Zina Soltis mark the future site of Waupaca Eco Park in the Oz Natural Area.

From left, CAP Services’ Fresh Start crew members Mike Kallas and Anthony Meverden, and Fresh Start staff member Zina Soltis mark the future site of Waupaca Eco Park in the Oz Natural Area.

CAP Services will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Waupaca Eco Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

The park, located in the Oz Natural Area north of the corner of Tower Road and Ware Street in Waupaca, will create permanent environmental education opportunities while maintaining the natural feel of the area.

CAP’s Fresh Start Program crews will build most of the park’s components as part of a two-year project. Planned components include a wetlands walkway, an education center and shelter for a wide variety of public uses, a natural amphitheater for talks and entertainment, and picnic and discovery play areas.

CAP Services’ Fresh Start crew members and staff worked Thursday, July 10, removing barberry plants, an invasive species, from the future home of Waupaca Eco Park in the Oz Natural Area. The crew cut the plants and sprayed them with vinegar, which is an environmentally friendly way of keeping the plant from growing back. A couple weeks later the Fresh Start crew will sprinkle baking soda over the area that was cut and sprayed. The baking soda will neutralize the acidic effects of the vinegar and finish killing the barberry plants.

CAP Services’ Fresh Start crew members and staff worked Thursday, July 10, removing barberry plants, an invasive species, from the future home of Waupaca Eco Park in the Oz Natural Area. The crew cut the plants and sprayed them with vinegar, which is an environmentally friendly way of keeping the plant from growing back. A couple weeks later the Fresh Start crew will sprinkle baking soda over the area that was cut and sprayed. The baking soda will neutralize the acidic effects of the vinegar and finish killing the barberry plants.

“We have worked hard to build partnerships with the city, area businesses, environmental groups, and the Oz Natural Area Board,” said Clif Morton, CAP Services’ Fresh Start Program coordinator. “We’re very excited to see the plans finally start becoming reality, and are proud to be able to work on this project, both for our program’s participants and for the Waupaca community.”

The groundbreaking will feature officials from project partners, sponsors and CAP Services representatives. Additionally, attendees will be able to view samples of the eco-park projects, including the wetland walkway, the picnic structure, and invasive species removal.

Morton said area business have made commitments of money, materials and labor to the project. “Waupaca Foundry and Faulk Brothers Construction are two of our lead business sponsors. Their enthusiasm for this project helps to ensure that the entire area will be able to enjoy environmental education projects in a natural setting that everyone can enjoy,” he said.

CAP’s Fresh Start Program takes disadvantaged, at-risk, and drop-out youth, as well as young people who have been in trouble with the law, and teaches them construction skills, life skills, and employability skills while helping them complete their educational goals.

Individuals, groups or businesses interested in helping out with the project should contact Morton at 715-258-9575 ext. 203 or cmorton@capmail.org.

2017-06-30T11:56:31+00:00 July 10th, 2014|