Project LEAD is comprehensive training program to enhance community involvement.
To provide a program of existing and emerging leaders that develops an awareness and understanding of the resources, processes,problems, and issues that affect the Fort Atkinson area.
To develop a support system among participants which will aid them in their leadership efforts, as well as, benefiting the community.
To increase and broaden the participant’s understanding of the economic, political, and social systems within the Fort Atkinson area.
To promote involvement and participation of the individuals enrolled in the program in volunteer, elective, and appointed positions within Fort Atkinson.
To increase the participants’ analytical and decision-making abilities for the betterment of the Fort Atkinson Community.
Project LEAD over the years
2017 – Expansion of the Dwight Foster Public Library’s bilingual resources collection
2016 – Refurbishing the trails, handrails, landscaping and signage at the Brietkze Educational Wetlands
2015 – Planted trees in Ralph Park affected by Emerald Ash Borer
2014 – Trailway Park
2013 – Veterans Memorial at McCoy Park
2012 – Barrie Park Restrooms
2011 – “Then and Now” Historic Pictorial Book of Fort Atkinson
2010 – Enhancement of Barrie Park Band Shell
2009 – Install fence around playground at Lorman Park, add sign commemorating record flood level of 2008
2008 – Lighted crossing signs for bike trail, planted 20 trees at Jones Park, and design a “green” bathroom for Lorman Park
2007 – New playground equipment at Ralph Park
2006 – Trail Markers at Mush-Ko-Se-Day Park
2005 – Mile markers along the bike trail and lights for the holiday tree at Lorman Park
2004 – River Walk railing and scanner for the Hoard Historical Museum
2003 – Placed identification blocks in front of historical sites and refurbished the plaque at the original fort site
2002 – Fort Atkinson welcome sign in front of Armory
2001 – Cut pathways for walking paths and Dorothy Carnes Park
2000 – Lighted event sign and historic walkway at Jones Park
1999 – Added a water-fountain along the bike trail
1998 – Landscaped HWY 26 Bypass signs
1997 – Initiated Adopt-a-Park program with Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation
1996 – Lighted outdoor locator map at the Chamber of Commerce
1995 -Phone Blitz to get people out to vote
1994 – First Buckskinner Rendezvous held in Fort Atkinson
1993 – Built fence around Panther Intaglio
1992 – Compiled list of available meeting facilities for business and industry; created listing of available community activities for youth; created design for bathrooms at Lorman Park
1991 – Recycling Committee formed
1990 – Developed Employee Assistance program
1989 – First Project LEAD class graduates