Ongoing Platteville Projects 

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ICI Brings Art to the Community

On December 8 Channel3000 aired Art in the PCA Inspiring Positivity.  Look for two clips.  One is an interview with the artist, Bill Mitchell.  The other is an interview with ICI's Angie Wright and Bob Hundhausen, Platteville Community Arboretum president.

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By Robert Anderson

By Bill Mitchell

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Ground Breaking May 31 at 4PM at Smith Park

The Platteville inclusive Playground Committee is a 100 percent volunteer group dedicated to bringing an Inclusive Playground to life in Platteville.  The PIP committee has partnered with Inspiring Community, Inc. and the City of Platteville on this transformational project.  
      PIP is incredibly thankful for the monetary commitment of $100,000 from the City of Platteville trust funds (not tax dollars) and a Community Development Block Grant - Corona-virus Grant by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.  This is fantastic news and means the playground is well on its way to being fully funded.  
      It is important to understand that the awarded money will not cover the entire cost of the playground.  The PIP committee is continuing to apply for grants and will continue to reach out to individual donors, businesses, service organizations, and the community.  Some items not covered by the CBDG-CV grant that still need to be funded include upgrades to the Smith Park Stone Shelter including significant work to create handicapped accessible bathrooms, a covered picnic pavilion and some elements of fencing and signage.
      PIP is also committed to the long-term development and upkeep of the playground and plans to create a long-term maintenance fund to help alleviate some of the financial impacts that could arise.  The goal is to have the project fully funded for our Ideal Build Design by April 30, with the hopes of having it installed by fall.  The committee appreciates all donors who have seen a need in our community and who have responded by investing in this project!

2021, Sanders-Trine Pickleball Complex 

Platteville Area Pickleball Association, working with Inspiring Community, raised over $300,000 for the new pickleball courts.   This September we had the grand opening and Platteville has a new eight court complex with lights and a patio.  

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Pickleball - a fun, fast game for all.

Work Starts on the Pickleball Complex

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Dick Neumeister with his donation to the Pickleball Complex.

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Donation from the Reeve's Team.

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Broske Center:

By early December 2019 the walls were going up.  Over 400 individuals, organizations, and businesses contributed over $1.1 million towards the building.  By June of 2020 the doors were open, and families began celebrating the first weddings and graduations at the Broske Center.  In August Inspiring Community was able to transfer to the City of Platteville the completed William (Bill) and Mary Lou Broske Center.

The Broske Center in Legion Park is almost three times the size of the old Art Hall and comfortable seats up to 300 people.  It can be dividable into two spaces, offers use of a full kitchen, has restrooms, is heated and cooled, and includes a sound system.  Inspiring Community supported all administrative and banking tasks at no charge.  The City of Platteville Parks and Recreation Department manages and maintains the event center.   

Inspiring Community hands over the keys.
Inspiring Community hands over the keys.

Less than a year after the ground was broken, Inspiring Community transferred the Broske Center to the City of Platteville.

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Broske Center entrance
Broske Center entrance

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Installing radiant floor

Broske Center is usable year round.

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A hearing loop installed in the floor makes programs more accessible.

A sturdy movable wall makes the space more versatile.

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Volunteers unloading some of the 300 chairs 

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PHS Class of 2021 

Continued Support from Inspiring Community

Inspiring Community, Inc. has supported several different organizations over the past couple of years through administration support, grant writing, and in-kind donations. A few of the organizations that we continue to support are: The Platteville Main Street Program, the PHS Scholarship Fund, the Platteville Community Fund, and the Platteville Public Library.  Some Platteville projects we have helped with include: Loud at the Library, the PHS Scholarship Auction, and several Platteville Main Street Program events, such as Music in the Park, Sweet Treats on Main, Cows on Main, Walk Down Main, and much more. Here are some photos from the organizations we support!

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 Platteville Public Library

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Music in the Park

Music in the Park is an annual event put on every summer. Local musicians come and play music in the park every Thursday from 6-8.

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Sweet Treats on Main

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

~Oscar Wilde