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Phase Two of the park’s plan will create an exciting new domain the the northern Wisconsin region and along the US Highway #2 access. Following the completion of Phase One construction, Phase Two will begin when volunteers and funds are available. Although future use and construction ideas can be unlimited; the vision to meet the Mission of Across The Pond Park is to expand to include seasonal camping for motor homes, trailers and tents. The site will be for Veteran families with use by the general public as space is available. A picnic area, facility building for utilities as well as recreational use, seasonal comfort state (toilets), and dump station for mobile waste will also be constructed. As quickly as possible, the vision includes handicapped access to the water which would allow fishing and boating activities.
More specifically, the construction would be gravel roads and camping pads with seasonal UG electrical power. A waste dump and a holding tank facility for mobile home waste will have a concrete pad and UG electric and water connections. The tent camping area will be gravel pads, walkways and landscaped for privacy for campers. The picnic area will include BBQ cooking stands and picnic tables. A septic system for the site is possible for the future as may be needed and funding is available.
As Across The Pond Park continues to be a full fledged reality…imagine your greatest hopes and ideas for such a place the will be a welcome sight for all Veterans, their families and their friends, as well as new friends who can be found at the Park! Imagine a place that can be the sight for special outdoor activities, be it fishing, fly-tying, plant identification or countless other opportunities that may happen for an individual or for a whole group that gets together for an event of several days. A supporter of Across The Pond Veterans Park stated in a letter; “….there is a lot of research available that credits the use of natural resources in healing of illnesses, most prevalent of those being mental health amongst combat veterans, law enforcement and victims of traumatic events.”
He went on to say….”Many of the veterans in this part of the state who served in combat and/or have mental health challenges such as PTSD choose to live here primarily because of the access to natural resources. Program and facilities such as ATP Veterans Park enhance the use and availability of these non-traditional therapies. These programs help to get the veteran unstuck and moving forward. They show the veteran that s/he can still enjoy time with their families. These types of therapy help the entire family heal.” This is what the completion of ATP construction can bring to our northern Wisconsin region and make available to all who travel to or through the area!