Public Restroom Project at Sturm Memorial Field

Boulder Junction Community Sports & Recreation Area

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Rounding Third Base and Almost Home

The Sturm Family and Friends Building Community wishes to thank you for your generosity and support of the restroom project. We are most grateful to the Town of Boulder Junction, the Boulder Junction Community Foundation and the Boulder Junction Lions Club for their roles they are playing.

The ‘official’ community campaign to construct a public restroom at the Boulder Junction Sports and Recreation Park at Sturm Memorial Field concluded October 31, 2019.  The campaign was extended through the 1st quarter of 2020 in order for more bricks to be sold, accommodate end of year giving, and to encourage 2020 personal and corporate budgets to be considered for a donation.

As of April 15, 2020, a total of $75,836.00 has been received. $7000.00 of that total was earmarked for named ancillary items at the restroom site including 2 bike racks, a water fountain/water bottle filling station and a deluxe bike repair station and pad. All project prices were quoted, and were best estimates provided at the time. If any funds remain in excess of the costs, they will go to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Restricted Endowment Fund.

The facility will be especially appreciated by the athletes and spectators at Sturm Memorial Ballfield, the children who use the playground (and their parents), and those who attend special events at the park. Since it is near the skateboard park, the tennis/pickleball, basketball courts and the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail, the new facility will serve all outdoor enthusiasts!

Boulder Junction Town Chairman Dennis Reuss notes, “The addition of restroom facilities to our sports field recreational area provides for the family friendly comfort of our visitors.  This enhancement will enable the community to host more functions at this location. There are also added amenities that will be of benefit to the bicyclists. We are pleased to have the support of the Sturm Family who have spearheaded this endeavor in memory of Earl Sturm.”

At the January 2020 meeting, the Boulder Junction Town Board, approved the contract with Romtec, Inc. based in Roseburg, OR, to provide the restroom design and materials. The actual construction and installation will be a contributed effort by the volunteers of the Boulder Junction Lions Club and members of the community. This community partnership is keeping the actual costs very low on the project.

The anticipated date of completion is currently scheduled to be late June-July of this year. This month, the septic system was installed. Next to follow will be moving the water and electric lines and pouring the pad for the restroom and bike repair station prior to delivery of the construction materials in late May.

We anticipate a ribbon cutting and/or grand opening to take place after construction is completed, depending upon where things stand with the COVID-19 crisis. Each and every one of you will be invited to help us celebrate this auspicious occasion!

For more information or questions, please contact us on behalf of Sturm Family & Friends Building Community at joprstrategy@charter.net.  If you would be so kind as to send your email address to Janet our communication about the ribbon cutting/grand opening will go faster!

With our gratitude and thanks,

Janet Oppenheimer      Linda Jenner

Janet Sturm Oppenheimer and Linda Sturm Jenner, Directors

Sturm Family & Friends Building Community in Boulder Junction

About the Project & Why it is Needed

Softball was the one constant no matter where Earl Sturm was. ‘Earl the Pearl’ as he was known, played on the Boulder senior team for another 15 years after his wife Evelyn’s passing, and earned two World Series rings from his senior league play in Florida. No doubt an ‘icon’ would describe his reputation in senior softball.

Earl passed in November of 2015. The following June his family honored his memory by dedicating the ballfield in Boulder Junction allowing for needed enhancements and improvements to be done to the field area.

In September, 2017 his daughters Linda and Janet spoke to many of the softball players, businesses and community leaders in Boulder about what may be other needed amenities to Sturm Memorial Field and adjacent park area. A public restroom was overwhelming the answer.  A public restroom to service the park was also on the Chamber’s “Boulder Junction Dreamin” List in 2015.

Who will benefit from this improvement? The users of the field and entire park including the playground, skateboard park, and basketball & tennis courts, as well as the bikers and users of the Boulder Bike Trail whose trailhead is adjacent to the field – residents and visitors alike.

The fundraising goal for the project is $65,000.  Monies donated to the campaign will construct the restroom you seen in the rendering as well. Any funds raised above this will provide a meaningful donation to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Restricted Endowment Fund.  It is a win-win for everyone!   Note: ancillary items are also available for designated gifting or naming.  Groups can consider taking this on as a project. Click here for this file.

History of Senior Softball in Boulder Junction

  • History of the extended Sturm Family Interest in the Ballfield
  • Sturm Family History in Boulder Junction Read Story
  • Earl Sturm Honored by Family Read Story
  • Earl Sturm Softball Legacy Read Story
  • History of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Read Story