Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The city of Chippewa Falls is putting down money to drum up support for a local park project.
Plans for a new welcome center at Irvine Zoo have been drawn up and the project will cost about $3 million.
Those working on the park plans say an initial donation from the city of Chippewa Falls would help encourage others to donate. $250 thousand was the amount suggested.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting the council voted to pledge $100 thousand to improvements at Irvine Park. The city has said that donation would come from TIF funding, which is money generated from an agreement Chippewa Falls has with the EOG sand plant.
Mayor Greg Hoffman says the council supports investing in the city's park system but feels more comfortable spreading funds across all parks. He says aside from the Irvine investment, there are plans to commit another $100 thousand dollars to local parks. Mayor Hoffman says that began Tuesday night when the council also approved $30 thousand to spruce up playground equipment at the South Avenue Neighborhood Park.