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 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 users and events. Lapham Lodge will have the ability to host larger running races, ski races and special events as well as provide 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 $2,400,000. We believe construction could begin in mid-2023 and be completed by mid-2024. To date, the Friends currently have over $2,176,000 towards the project, comprised of a $1,300,000 grant from the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), a donation of $500,000 from a couple active in the Friends, $100,000 committed by the Friends, and other donations by people like you!
To be part of this project, see below for donation options including our new Donor Paver Bricks!
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, with the $1,300,000 EDA grant plus $700,000 in cash and pledges already raised, the Friends are launching a Fall 2022 Lapham Lodge Fundraising Appeal to raise the final $400,000 to start construction.
The proposed replacement building will be 4,975 square feet, with a 1,177 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 between the Evergreen Grove parking lot and the trailhead with great views of the trail.
The conceptual construction estimate for the building and related improvements is about $2.4 million. The Friends are managing the project design and construction, and are engaged in a fundraising campaign, approved by the DNR. Construction drawings are underway with the goal to begin construction in mid-2023. Completion is projected for, mid-2024 depending on fundraising the final 9% of our $2,400,000 goal.
On 2/15/23, a presentation with updates was made by the Lapham Lodge Building Committee to the DNR Parks Management Team. Click here to see those slides: 2023-02-15-Lapham Lodge Updates and Presentation Slide Deck
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!) Any donation of $200 or more is also eligible to receive a donor paver (see below) with your name on it; you will be contacted for the additional information.
Cash or Checks:
Cash or Checks should be mailed to or dropped off at the Lapham Peak Park Office. Make checks payable to “Friends of Lapham Peak” and in the memo, specify "Lapham Lodge"
Friends of Lapham Peak - Lapham Lodge
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, Friends of Lapham Peak Board Member, at 262-366-7830, for information on how to accomplish this.
Lapham Lodge East Patio Donor Pavers
The Lodge will be located at the Evergreen Trailhead, will include a large east-facing patio for visitors to enjoy the early morning sun or chill out after a hike or ski around the park. The patio will include a large area of brick pavers which will show the names of donors to the Lodge.
Donate today to get a laser-printed paver for the Patio with your name on it when the building opens to the public in 2024!
- 4” by 8” PAVERS - Minimum Donation: $200 (Room for 2 Lines of 18 Characters)
- 8” by 8” PAVERS – Minimum Donation: $500 (Room for 4 Lines of 18 Characters)
Friends of Lapham Peak is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit; our EIN is 39-1650068; all donations including Donor Pavers are eligible for tax deductible purposes. Laser-Printed Pavers will be Provided by “That’s My Brick”
Reserve your paver by either:
1. using thatsmybrick.com/flp website to specify your options and make your donation*
2. or complete the Order Form and mail it with payment to:
Friends of Lapham Peak – Lapham Lodge
W329 N846 County Hwy “C”
Delafield, WI. 53018
Or, drop off the completed Order Form and payment at the Lapham Peak park office,
Or, scan and e-mail the completed order form to: email@example.com
and then send your check to the address above, or make your donation with your credit card* using the secure option below:
Online Donation for Lapham Lodge
East Patio Donor Pavers
After donating, if you haven't submitted your Donor Paver brick lines, please use the thatsmybrick.com/flp website to specify your options and click the “Pay Your Fundraiser Organizer Directly” button on the “Choose Your Payment Preference” screen.
*Note that the Friends receive the full value of your donation if you pay by check to the Friends of Lapham Peak/Lapham Lodge (since the Friends pay fees to the credit card companies when credit or debit cards are used).