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On Tuesday, December 30, 2008, the Village of Pleasant Prairie received a land donation for the creation of a new park. John and Dorothy Ingram, Pleasant Prairie residents, have donated 30.73 acres of land to the Village. The Ingrams built their home on the same land in 1971. Since that time, they have lived and worked from the property which they hope to see transformed into a community park with a pond for fishing, trees and shrubbery to attract birds and other wildlife, and trails for walking.
John Ingram began considering the donation roughly one-and-a-half months ago. “I told my wife I had an idea and ran it past her,” he said. “I told her I thought it was a good idea.” Mr. and Mrs. Ingram will continue to live in their home on the property for the remainder of their lives. They hope to watch the park develop while still living in their home. The park will be named for the couple, and a memorial to them will be placed at the entrance to the park. The couple, who married in 1955, made Pleasant Prairie their home in the early 1970s. John Ingram operated a sewer and water main construction company and farmed hay from the property prior to his retirement.
Work on the new park will begin this coming spring with a survey of the land. Then initial planning and groundwork for the project will begin. “To Mr. and Mrs. Ingram, this is home,” commented Village Administrator Mike Pollocoff. “The Ingram’s donation of their property for all Village residents to enjoy and appreciate as a park is no small gesture. It’s truly an act of community and a wonderful, wonderful gift.” Members of the Village Board discussed the donation at a Monday evening meeting on January 5, 2009. They expressed their sincere appreciations for the Ingram’s touching gift.