WAYNE – As youth made their way out to Ike’s Lake this past weekend for a Fishing Derby, so did the Wayne Area Legacy Fund.
Wayne Area Legacy Fund members of Karen Longe, Eric Knutson and Scot Saul visited Ike’s Lake to present a $2,500 grant to the Wayne Izaak Walton League.
Scott Brummond, Membership Chairman and past President of the Izaak Walton League, Wayne Chapter said weather was great for the fishing derby.
“We had pretty much a record number of kids,” said Brummond. “We had 54 kids/youth and a lot of adults came out and helped also. A lot of fish were caught.”
The biggest fish caught was a 19” bass which was pretty close to a Master Angler Award. Other fish species were bluegill, crappie and perch.
Free hotdogs were also available and over $700 worth of prizes were awarded. Brummond wanted to thank all of the past and present businesses who donate to the fishing derby to allow for prizes to be given to the youth.
An Izaak Walton League, Wayne Chapter member approached the board and wanted to see the playground equipment updated.
Brummond added he looked into the Legacy Fund Grant.
“Went ahead and filled out the application and submitted it and received it,” Brummond added. “So, we received a $2,500 grant from the Wayne Area Legacy Fund and then I got the rest of the money from a local member.”
Chapter President, Erin Eilers joined Brummond and put the playground equipment together spending about three days a couple a weeks ago.
The new playground equipment replaces the roughly 20 year-old past equipment.
To access the new playground equipment, you must be a member or know a member.
“Members can take out guests and play,” Brummond mentioned. “That’s what we want, we want kids and people to enjoy the facilities and the outdoors and get them away from computer screens and get back to nature.”
Memberships can be bought at Wayne Ace Hardware & Home. They’re $60 a year and after the Wayne County Fair, the price will be reduced to $30.
Upcoming projects include adding some potential campsites including power for camper pads, work around the bank of the lake and clean up the nearly eighth-of a-mile walking trail around the perimeter of the lake.
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