Observe-up: Ripon Public Library inside, exterior renovations forge forward | Information

Discussing one of many conceptual designs for the Ripon Public Library’s out of doors area are, clockwise from backside left, Beth Howman-Combs, Sandra Scamehorn, Bob Amsden, Marek Landscaping Panorama Designer Steven Tolle and Youth Providers Librarian Linda DeCramer.


The Ripon Public Library’s deliberate renovation took one other step ahead final week Thursday when group members gathered to weigh-in on three ideas for out of doors areas.

Through the occasion, Marek Landscaping introduced three design ideas and attendees have been requested to offer suggestions to assist choose the choice that most closely fits the group’s wants.

“There’s nice potential for this distinctive property with public entry to Silver Creek and a want to make it accessible to everybody,” the library stated in a press launch.


The library has been planning a renovation for greater than a yr with the aim of finishing the renovation by the library’s a hundred and twenty fifth anniversary in 2023.

A design for the inside of the library was chosen final summer time with an estimated price of roughly $500,000.

The proposed inside renovation goals to replace the youngsters’s space, present an area for teenagers to hang around and make the bogs compliant with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As a result of estimates for the venture have been cheaper than initially anticipated, library director Desiree Bongers stated in September that the library is taking a look at probably renovating the yard as nicely, which might be included into the identical venture for fundraising functions.


These discussions moved ahead final week when round 20 group members gathered within the library’s basement to weigh-in on the out of doors areas.

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That is one in every of three conceptual designs introduced finally week Thursday’s occasion on the Ripon Public Library.

Every of the three proposed areas introduced to stakeholders included strolling paths across the library connecting to the yard area, an outside occasion area and areas for kids to get pleasure from.

Marek Landscaping President Mike Marek famous the aim for the out of doors area planning was to design an area “as sturdy because the library and as everlasting as Ripon.”

“Our hope is to get the remainder of the suggestions from the stakeholders and the [library] board to consolidate these three plans into one of the best variations of all of them,” he stated. “We actually need to make one of the best use of the area, we need to take into consideration having completely different rooms inside the general area.

“We’ve bought this superb setting alongside the river, and this sort of clean slate at this level, when it comes to designing an area that’s helpful. We are able to actually say that the sky’s the restrict, conceptually.”

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Marek Landscaping Panorama Designer Steven Tolle provides a presentation final week Thursday.

What’s subsequent?

Marek Landscaping is within the strategy of collating the reactions and suggestions given by attendees finally week’s Open Home, based on Youth Providers Librarian Linda DeCramer.

“All three plans supply elements that generated a number of dialogue and pleasure,” she stated. “Some significantly progressive design choices embrace a efficiency amphitheater, climbing wall, dwelling willow tree, Storytime Hideaway, boardwalk, studying backyard and nature playground.”

This month’s library board assembly Tuesday, Might 31 will characteristic a presentation updating the board on early actions geared toward figuring out people who will play a task within the fundraising course of for the renovations, and knowledge relating to the formal launch of the fundraising marketing campaign, DeCramer stated.

Based mostly on group suggestions, Marek Landscaping will create a composite plan representing one of the best mixture of design parts.

It should then transfer into an in depth blueprint section and number of constructing supplies and product, in addition to present a value estimate.

“The library is hoping to have extra detailed details about the out of doors portion by the center of June, together with preliminary price estimates,” Bongers stated.

Fundraising for the outside will run concurrent with the inside marketing campaign. Subsequent steps for the inside renovation embrace finalizing colours, merchandise, furnishings and ornamental parts, DeCramer famous.

She added that revitalizing the library grounds is a dream come true and that the workers is thrilled by the group curiosity within the venture.

“With the great thing about Silver Creek and different pure parts in thoughts in addition to accessibility for all, Marek’s design will remodel the library property into a spot for studying, respite, exploration, curiosity, bodily exercise and extra,” DeCramer stated. “The COVID pandemic pressured library workers to maneuver programming outside, or on-line, making this venture significantly well timed.”

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Mail: 303 Watson St., PO Field 262, Ripon, WI 54971


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