The Friends of Lapham Peak are working with the DNR to construct a new building (Lapham Lodge) at Lapham Peak.
Lapham Peak is very popular among hikers, runners, dog-walkers, cross country skiers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, just to name a few groups who recreate here! The last two years have seen record attendance at the park. Lapham Peak is the only Wisconsin state park that provides manmade snow for cross country skiing, bringing skiers from throughout the region, especially when natural snow is limited. The existing Evergreen Shelter no longer meets the needs of the increasing numbers of Lapham Peak users and events. Lapham Lodge will have the ability to host larger running races, ski races and special events as well as rental opportunities.
The new Lapham Lodge will be designed, bid and constructed by the Friends in coordination with the DNR. At the completion of construction, the Friends will donate the new building to the DNR for ongoing ownership, operations, and maintenance.
The design and construction budget is estimated to be $1,925,000. We believe construction could begin in the spring of 2023 and be completed by December 2023. The Friends currently have $600,000 towards the project, comprised of a donor pledge of $500,000 and $100,000 committed by the Friends' current funds on hand. We therefore need to raise an additional $1,325,000. To be part of this project, see below for donation options!
Background of the Project
The Evergreen Shelter was initially constructed to support the needs of the Park’s 1989 Master Plan. That Plan called for a group picnic shelter/warming hut, and noted that the lack of facilities was a limiting factor in the park’s revenue picture. The growing popularity of the park, especially during the winter for cross country skiing, has often overwhelmed the capacity of the existing Evergreen building.
The DNR has wanted to replace the current Evergreen Building for a long time, and has forecasted that in their long range plans, but has not had funding to do so. Now, a generous pledge by several supporters of the park has allowed the Friends of Lapham Peak to jump-start the process and to begin the needed fund-raising for this new Lodge at Evergreen Grove!
The proposed replacement building will be 4,320 square feet, with a 845 square foot covered outdoor patio. It will include a large gathering area; men’s, women’s, and family restrooms; a multi-purpose room; and changing rooms. It will be located just east of the Evergreen Grove parking lot.
The conceptual construction estimate for the building and related improvements is about $1.8 million. The Friends are managing the project design and construction, and are engaged in a fundraising campaign, approved by the DNR. Design is underway with the goal to begin construction in April 2023. Completion is projected for December 2023, depending on fundraising.
Donations to Lapham Lodge Project
The "Friends of Lapham Peak Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Inc." (FLP) is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is: 39-1650068. For donations to be eligible for tax deductions, they should be made in one of these ways so that we can provide you with a receipt (and so that we can sincerely thank you!)
Cash or Checks:
Cash or Checks should be mailed or dropped off at the Lapham Peak Park Office. Please make check's payable to “Friends of Lapham Peak” and in the memo, specify "Lapham Lodge" and then mail to:
Friends of Lapham Peak
W329 N846 Hwy C
Delafield, WI 53018
You may donate online using a charge or debit card (e.g., VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or a PayPal Account. Online processing is performed securely through our agreement with PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use this option.
When possible, larger donations should be made directly to the Friends by check to avoid fees and charges that we incur from our online processing service. Thank you.
Donors who invest in stocks or mutual funds might want to consider donating securities to the Friends of Lapham Peak for Lapham Lodge. When you donate stock to a non-profit charitable organization, you avoid capital gains tax while deducting 100% of the value of your donation on your income taxes. Contact Dan Wiley, Friend of Lapham Peak Board Member, at 262-366-7830, for information on how to accomplish this.