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CITIZEN VOLUME 4 - APRIL 2017

Letter from the Mayor What a year it has been for Altoona. We continued to see our great city grow over this last year. Notably, the City of Altoona remained one of the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin. Over the course of 2016, Altoona welcomed a new elementary school, many great festivals, and several new businesses. We have a lot of positive momentum as we forge ahead. I have proudly served as your mayor for this last year. In the upcoming year, amongst my other mayoral priorities, I look forward to witnessing the growth of River Prairie. River Prairie is currently home to a number of businesses with several more planning to open in the upcoming months. Businesses currently operating are Woodman’s, Kwik Trip, Midwest Dental, Great Clips, Pearle Vision, Bernicke Wealth Management, and Staybridge Suites. The area will soon be home to Cowboy Jacks, Za 51, Massage Envy, Edward Jones, Century 21, and Westconsin Credit Union. There are also plans to include residential units in the development, with the 53 unit Prairie Place Apartments currently being constructed.

River Prairie Park is scheduled to open this fall as, perhaps, the most unique and exciting park in the Chippewa Valley. Located along the banks of the Eau Claire River, the park highlights the site’s natural attributes as a primary draw to visitors and residents and offers something for everyone. Canoe and kayak enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to the Eau Claire River, while children will enjoy the natural playground area and splash pad. The entire park will be tied together by a meandering stream, constructed to encourage play and interaction. Rent a pavilion for a party or family gathering or cozy up next to the fire pit while enjoying food from a local food truck. Visitors may also patronize one of the many businesses and restaurants at the park’s periphery via an extensive trail system. Those interested in arts and entertainment may attend a community festival in the park’s Great Plaza or a concert at one of the park’s many music venues. Also located along the banks of the Eau Claire River is the River Prairie Trail which provides for a scenic recreational experience. The Prairie Event Center will open this summer located adjacent to River Prairie Park, the Event Center will host a variety of community events, from running races, to car shows to concerts to food festivals; the possibilities are only limited by one’s imagination! Private parties may also rent the Event Center for weddings, company parties, corporate trainings, anniversary parties, birthdays, banquets or reunions. There will be room for 250 seated guests and the Event Center will feature a full bar serving both the inside of the building and Event Center’s large outdoor patio. The Event Center will have a full service catering kitchen as well as three outside wedding venues. I hope you share in the excitement that I hold for River Prairie. I invite you to come see the growth for yourself! -Mayor Brendan Pratt

City of Altoona | 1303 Lynn Avenue | Altoona | WI | 54720 | 715-839-6092 | [email protected] | www.ci.altoona.wi.us

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