Local couple makes donation to Yulga Park
By Gazette staff
STEVENS POINT – A local couple has made a donation that recently provided for an upgrade in Stevens Point’s Yulga Park.
“Yulga Park in Stevens Point received a generous donation to allow for the purchase and installation of a swing set and safety surfacing earlier this year. Friends and neighbors of the park, Dr. Ralph and Marcia Locher, approached the city with the idea in late 2021,” a release from Stevens Point Director of Parks, Recreation, Forestry Dan Kremer stated.
“Marcia and Dr. Locher saw a need for swings in the neighborhood and inquired if the city would consider allowing swings in this location. What started as an idea turned out to be a huge upgrade for this neighborhood of the city.”
“The Stevens Point community has been supportive of Ralph’s career as a pediatrician. We thought it would be nice to give something back to the community that supported us. Parks are dear to my heart so we thought this would be a good match” said Marcia Locher.
“It’s always inspiring to see people passionate about our parks,” said Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza. “Dr. Locher and Marcia’s generosity is a part of what makes our community great.”
“The Locher’s gift adds a wonderful, new element to Yulga Park and is another example of how important parks are to the residents of Stevens Point” added Stevens Point Park Commission Chair Wayne Sorenson.
Yulga Park is located within the Whitetail Subdivision on the city’s far northeast side. The park is immediately adjacent to the Green Circle Trail and the Yulga Disc Golf Course.
The park is open daily 30 minutes before sunrise until 11 p.m.