The Madison Parks Foundation is pleased to announce a $50,000 grant from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, Inc., for the construction of splash parks at Reindahl Park on the east side of Madison and the west side’s Elver Park.
“The Madison Parks Foundation is thrilled by the generosity of the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, which continues to leave a legacy of philanthropy throughout Madison,” says Stephanie Franklin, Executive Director of the Madison Parks Foundation.
More than 15,000 park-goers will enjoy the new recreational facilities, set to open in August 2014 with construction beginning in late spring. The City of Madison has committed eighty-five percent of the funding for the project. In addition to the Rennebohm donation, the Madison Parks Foundation was awarded $50,000 from the Evjue Foundation, $10,000 from American Family Insurance and the Madison Community Foundation has also committed $50,000 to the project, but donations are still needed.
The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation was established in 1949 by Oscar Rennebohm, founder of the Rennebohm Drug Store chain in Madison. Rennebohm was a successful businessman and generous philanthropist, who also served as Wisconsin governor and as the president of the UW-Madison Board of Regents. The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation funds projects in the Madison area with emphasis on four areas: education and research, the disadvantaged, health services and the community.