Neenah's mayor to climb ladder truck for splash pad fundraiser

NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - Neenah's mayor will climb a 100-foot fire truck ladder to raise money for bells and whistles on a new splash pad in the city.

Neenah splash pad rendering

The splash pad is under construction as part of the Washington Park Remodeling Project.

The splash pad will have a firefighter theme. The Firefighters Charitable Foundation saw it as an opportunity to get involved.

The cost of the splash pad is covered by the city's budget. The firefighters are raising money to decorate it with a fire hose kids can use to spray a pretend fire.

"It’ll be real exciting for me because, like I mentioned, I have three young children and the opportunity for them to be here in Neenah, and play at what’s going to be a great splash pad," says Brad Auxier, Neenah-Menasha Fire. "The conceptual designs are just phenomenal, and we’re excited to bring them over here. My wife and I and let them run around and squirt a fake hose at a fake fire."

On May 8, Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert will drop 600 firefighter stress balls from a Neenah-Menasha fire truck into a firefighter boot. It's part of the annual Touch-A-Truck event at Memorial Park.

The Firefighters Charitable Foundation is selling the stress balls for $20 a-piece. Supporters will get a raffle ticket to match a number on the stress ball.

The five balls closest to the boot or in the boot will win cash prizes.

"They stepped up to the plate and they said we’re going to help raise dollars for this," says Mayor Kaufert. "So they have this event that is happening on May 8th, the Touch-A-Truck program. They’re selling little foam firefighters, they’ve invited the mayor to climb the ladder, 100 feet in the air I guess, and actually drop the firemen onto the ground. And people will be able to win some money and they’ll be able to make some money."

Touch-A-Truck is May 8 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park.

Donations can be made at Neenah Parks & Recreation Department, Neenah-Menasha Fire Station #32, Fox Communities Credit Union (Neenah branch) and Cedar Bar & Grill.

The grand opening of Washington Park project is scheduled for September.