The Phillips Lions Club is leading fundraising efforts to create a compact, yet functional performance stage in Elk Lake Park. The stage will allow residents and visitors of Price County to enjoy performances on the edge of beautiful Elk Lake. The structure will be a rustic log timber construction that accents the Northwoods.
The stage will be available for public and private events, such as theater productions, art exhibits, athletic event awards ceremonies, 4-H, governmental presentations, rallies, corporate events, weddings, worship services, and Music in the Park.
Depending on the amount of donated materials and services, the final price tag ranges from $80,000 to $120,000. As of the end of July 2019, about $27,000 has been raised. To keep the community informed about progress towards the goal, fundraising total thermometers are located at various financial institutions.
Once the stage has been constructed and the grounds have been landscaped, the City of Phillips will maintain it, similar to the splash pad and disc golf course.
The group will continue to have fundraisers this summer and fall, including concessions at Music in the Park on August 15th and a 50/50 raffle at the Fall Harvest Festival. However, the Lions Club is only leading the efforts and is hopeful that other groups will want to help with the fundraising efforts.
Julie Olson, a member of the Lions Club, stated that the Northwoods Players will donate the profits of their fall production to the stage project. Another local, large business is in the process of donating a large sum, as well. "We encourage other groups, businesses, and individuals to donate," Julie said. "If people know of other grants available, we would appreciate the information. We are encouraging supporters to choose sponsorship levels for their donations. Sponsors will be publicly acknowledged by donor level."
UPDATE (8/6/2019 at 5:50 p.m.): A local resident asked, "Why is it being constructed so far from handicapped parking and the restrooms?" We asked a member of the Lions Club who stated that the stage placement has been planned to be far enough away from the splash pad so that any noise from children playing will not distract from performances. The stage corners are currently flagged in the park and soon a banner will be placed stating, “Future site of Elk Lake Park Stage.” Handicapped parking will be available on the soccer fields or the group is considering using a golf cart to transport handicapped individuals.
UPDATE (11/13/2019): A local bank, Time Federal Bank, donated $20,000 on top of the $5,000 they donated previously earning them the naming rights for the Elk Lake Park stage. This brings the total raised to $50,000, which is only $30,000 away from the bare minimum fundraising goal of $80,000. The Northwoods Players will be donating the profits from their fall production of The Pink Panther to the stage, as well. The group is hoping that community members will be encouraged by this progress. If you would like to donate to the stage so this great asset in our community can become a reality, please visit the GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/stage-by-the-lake or bring contributions to Shelby, the City Clerk, at the city hall. For any questions, call the Phillips Lions Club at 715-339-3998 or 715-577-2216.