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Lions Club removes fishing barriers for handicap

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Handicap Pier

MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Lake DuBay Lions Club unveiled a new handicap accessible fishing pier on Thursday, and they say it's just the beginning to make this park accessible to all.

"It's the start of a three year plan to change the park, make it have facilities that appeal to people a variety of ages and to appeal to people that have physical challenges," Lions Club Park Fundraising Development Committee Co-Chair Jon Krueger said.

Prime W.A.T.E.R Anglers in Stevens Point assisted with the pier and say it is an important symbol that helps those who don't have the abilities we take for granted.

"So many places, if you take a look at the shoreline either way it would be very difficult for anybody with a disability who fish off the shore to get out here, fish safely, and enjoy the resource," Prime W.A.T.E.R Anglers Project Manager Jan Nelson said.

Raking in over $50,000 in public donations, the pier is just the start. They also want to update the playground to be more ADA Accessible and create a Kayak launching spot for everyone to use.

"When we called upon individuals I guess it even surprised me that as many people turned out," Lake DuBay Lions Club President Kerry Brimmer said.

He added that people in the community appreciated the nature of the project.

"It really showed that if you have a good project people will participate," Brimmer said.

Brittany Slaughter

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