Wellness group eyes Green Lake site

Green Lake County's former Health and Human Services center is located on South Street in the city of Green Lake

Another major proposal is on the table in Green Lake.

While one group aims to turn the county’s former courthouse into “The Center for Art and Innovation,” another group hopes to rehabilitate the county’s former Health and Human Services building.

Representatives of The Cornerstone Project are asking to purchase the South Street building and turn it into a health and wellness facility, complete with a lap pool.

As many may remember, The Cornerstone Project is comprised of local residents who initially tried to bring a YMCA to Green Lake several years ago.

The group is now eyeing the county’s former Health and Human Services building — which employees vacated last summer, moving to the new complex on County Road A.

Preliminary sketches show the facility would offer a lap pool, therapy pool, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a child care room, community room, multi-purpose room/gym and more.

Spokesman Mike White said the group is looking to raise $2 million for building rehab and initial operating costs. The group is asking county officials for a one-year option to purchase the building for $1.

Organizers are looking to tap the health needs of the 41,000 people who live within “reasonable driving distance” of Green Lake, White said.

“We feel very confident,” he said of the fund-raising expectations. “It’s achievable ... And it’s not going to take away from anything the people are doing at the [former] courthouse with the art center; in fact, it will enhance everything.”

The pool is a key part of the wellness project, he said. Read more about the plan — including additional thoughts from Mike White — in the upcoming July 14 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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