SHEBOYGAN, WI (August 5, 2019) – RCS Empowers, Inc. and the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 12, 2019, at 12:10 p.m. to celebrate the Grand Opening of the RCS Trailside Park and the 40-foot mural created by regional artists Kris Morse and Tim Decker depicting Sheboygan’s lakefront. Community members will have an opportunity to view the completed project that began in the fall of 2017.

The park provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the outdoors on the public trail without obstacles in accessing public recreation areas. The walkways, benches, and covered picnic tables are connected directly to the Shoreland 400 Rail Trail (public bike path), so wheelchairs, scooters, bike carriers with children and those with mobility issues do not have to navigate any uneven terrain. “The RCS Trailside Park is open to the public, RCS participants, and staff,” said RCS President, Martha VandeLeest. “Our goal is for the park to be a welcoming and friendly space where individuals can stop to picnic, socialize, get inspired by local art, and enjoy the outdoors.”

The funding for the park was made possible by grants from the Sheboygan County Stewardship Fund,  Frank G. & Freida K. Brotz Family Foundation, Inc., private donations, and the proceeds from Shine On, a two-day fundraiser in November that featured a holiday tree festival. Many local businesses sponsored items and three local companies Masters Gallery Foods, Sargento Foods, and Bank First National, were the event sponsors of Shine On 2018. All played a significant role in the completion of this project.  The proceeds from Shine On raised additional funds needed to complete the park. “The Shine On holiday tree festival was inspired by my childhood memories of the festival of trees in Sheboygan,” said Lindsay Harrison-Eirich, owner of   Engaged Marketing Co. and RCS Empowers board member. “I believe in giving back to my community. Shine On was the perfect opportunity to create an annual event that would produce lasting memories, and develop an inclusive park area in Sheboygan that is accessible to everyone and brings the community together.”

“The RCS Trailside Park is the perfect example of our mission in action,” said VandeLeest., “Our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and special needs so they may work, live, and function with dignity and respect.” RCS Empowers, Inc. has been serving Sheboygan County residents with disabilities since 1955. RCS provides day services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, 60+ life enrichment classes, prevocational exploration, employment services, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and the Birth to Three Program. RCS business services provide expert retail and private label packaging services and fill the needs of many local manufacturing companies in its subcontract facilities.

For more information contact Monica Senkbeil, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at 920-694-1201.

The RCS Empowerment Tree

The RCS Empowerment tree has been installed in the visitor lobby atrium. The leaves denote donation levels and serve to recognize those who help to nurture and grow the RCS Mission.

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