By Correne Martin
The Mississippi River Sculpture Park has a grand design plan. And though it may be years before all 26 bronze statues of historical figures fill the St. Feriole Island tourist attraction, a new shelter has brought greater visibility to the storied setting.
Construction on the Patrick and Janet Leamy Shelter started in early October and was recently finished for the season. By next spring, the 20x35 shelter will be fully equipped with electricity, ready and waiting for crockpots, coffeepots and other appliances needed by people gathering with family and friends. Users will also appreciate the addition of water for drinking and cleaning up.
Also in the spring, stone will be added halfway up the four posts, in order to tie the shelter in with the look of the headstone and fireplace already standing in the sculpture park. The shelter was built flood resistant and for year-round accessibility. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department will take care of shelter reservations.
The best part about this new facility for public use is that it has cost the city of Prairie du Chien very little, because the Leamys donated the funds for the structure and its installation. They have been significant donors to the park since its inception.