The event included remarks from Mayor Tim Hanna, Tim Kippenhan, vice president and chief operating officer of Miron, City of Appleton Alderman Joe Martin, and Kevin Rettler, client relationship strategist at Principal Financial Group, which donated the new playground equipment. The Appleton Boy Choir also performed.
“The transformation of this entire area over the last three years is truly phenomenal and something the entire Fox Valley should be really proud of, not only today but for many, many years to come,” Kippenhan said. “This was our way to give back to the community.”
Miron got its start on North Story Street in Appleton and since then, the city has played an essential role in the company’s growth and accomplishments. In celebration of its 100th anniversary and wanting to express its gratitude, Miron chose to build and donate an amphitheater to aid in the city’s Jones Park project.
The western-facing amphitheater is in the park’s southwest corner in the hillside, overlooking much of the park. It consists of a 2,600-square-foot stage with two 500-square-foot backstage rooms and restrooms. The space also features a new 3,600-square-foot pavilion, playground, stairways and handicap accessibility to better meet the needs of all community members. It also includes two ice skating rinks for hockey and family skating in the winter months.
“It really takes all of us to have a vision. It takes all of us to execute that vision. This is about the entire community,” Hanna said. “I’m incredibly proud of the people who work for the city, but I’m incredibly proud of all the people who live here, work here and visit here because that’s what a community is all about.”
The Miron Construction Amphitheater is scheduled as a location for Mile of Music this weekend. You can check out the schedule here.