Shelter designed and built by students dedicated at Kimberly park

    Sunset Park shelter number one, January 17, 2019 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

    KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- Visitors to Sunset Park in Kimberly will have a new place to gather.

    A rebuilt Shelter Number One was dedicated Thursday, and students from Kimberly High School were the ones who did the work.

    It took one snip of the big red scissors.

    "Go for it, chop it open," said Holly Femal, Village of Kimberly Community Enrichment Director.

    The new pavilion was open for business.

    "It's kind of an iconic spot in Kimberly. With the scenic outlook and the proximity to the river. So, to have this structure here for the community to use, is an honor," said Femal.

    Femal says the Village of Kimberly bought the materials, and students from the high school's building construction class spent several months building a brand new shelter at Sunset Park.

    "It was a lot of fun, lot of fun. It's a lot better than sitting in a classroom, you learn a lot more skill sets, I believe," said Trey Anderson, Kimberly High School Senior Student.

    The students worked alongside local construction professionals, like concrete workers, and welders, in order to learn from the experts in the field. That includes the architects too. Senior Mackenzie Beck designed the shelter, with some guidance from a local company.

    "It was overwhelming at first. But it ended up being really cool and exciting," Beck said.

    Beck saw the finished product for the first time on Thursday morning.

    "It's amazing. It turned out exactly how I expected," she said.

    The shelter isn't the first partnership project in Kimberly. Students built a gazebo last year in Memorial Park downtown.

    "They're leaving their legacy all around town, with the different gifts that they are giving to our community with these awesome structures," said Femal.

    There's still some plumbing and electrical work to do before people can use the shelter.

    That's expected to wrap up sometime in late April.

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