Mitch Lundgaard’s legacy will live on in the community of Appleton. His ultimate sacrifice created a ripple effect that transcends throughout the community to this day.
Working with the people and community impacted the most by Mitch Lundgaard, our goal is to create an inclusive, innovative, meaningful, and sustainable place for children to grow and thrive, so that they can one day grow up and live out Mitch Lundgaard’s legacy by making the world a better place.
Please consider donating to help make this vision a reality.
Playgrounds and playscapes bring children and neighbors together to engage in much-needed laughter and play. We will work to create an inclusive, innovative, meaningful, and sustainable place for children to grow and thrive, so that they can one day grow up and live out Mitch Lundgaard’s legacy by making the world a better place.
For nearly two years, the Appleton community, Fire Department, and Firefighters Association has been advocating for the Lundgaard family and playing an integral role in honoring Mitch Lundgaard’s memory. The new park will resonate with their service-minded nature and commitment to the community by creating a calming outdoor experience for rest, relaxation, and reflection.
Mitch Lundgaard’s legacy has extended past his inner circle to resonate with the entire Appleton community. As a well-known regional leader, the City has the opportunity for this park to tie into recent initiatives like the Climate Action Plan and others to create an innovative and sustainable place that grows with the community.
The way Mitch Lundgaard lived his life left a lasting impact that radiates far beyond those who knew him personally. His reputation as a loving father, husband, and friend, dedicated firefighter, and proud resident of the Appleton community continues to have a far-reaching ripple effect on his loved ones, coworkers, and the greater community and beyond. Lundgaard Park is an opportunity to embody his kind nature and celebrate his passion for serving others and making the world a better place.
A Space For All
The goal for this park is to create an inclusive, innovative, meaningful, and sustainable place for children to grow and thrive while offering amenities for the public and a memorial to admire. Your donation, large or small, will go directly to these amenities:
- Park Pavilion
- Water Play Area
- Fire Station Themed Playground and Gagaball Pit
- Memorial Area with Artist Designed Sculpture and Water Feature
- Pickleball and Basketball Courts
- Fitness Trail with Exercise Stations
- Native Plantings and Reforestation Area
If you are interested in donating to a specific amenity, please contact us to start a conversation.
We Need Your Help!
Together we can further create a place for celebration, remembrance, and reflection that has a positive impact on the Appleton community—a meaningful, yet energetic place that demonstrates the community’s values for
generations to come.
Our goal, which covers the full cost of the park transformation and amenities, is to raise $4.5 million dollars for the Friends of the Appleton Fire Department. We will accept donations in the form of PayPal, Venmo, cash, and checks made out to Friends of the Appleton Fire Department. The donations will help create a place for celebration, remembrance, and reflection.
No amount is too big or too small, please call Jeremy Hansen at 920-832-5810 to discuss additional donation options or to discuss more about the project.
Recognition will be given for donations greater than $10,000. Recognition will consist of name being placed on plaque located at the park.
Fundraising Campaign Kickoff
December 2022–March 2023
Detailed Design Drawings
Phase 1 Construction Begins