American Bank Square opens in Beaver Dam
American Bank Square officially opened in Beaver Dam Tuesday morning.
“This project started as a way to help kick-start the proposed changes to improve the look and feel of downtown Beaver Dam,” said John Oathout, bank president and CEO, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It was our way of showing support for that cause.
“But we also felt this would be a great way to be environmentally-friendly citizens of the city and make a positive impact on the environment. We designed the square so that it would be welcoming and a green space in downtown Beaver Dam that everyone would be proud to use — not just our employees.”
The square is located behind American Bank, 115 Front St. It is accessible via the parking lot off S. Spring Street, but also pedestrian-attainable through the city’s newly refurbished alley near the Front Street crosswalk and by use of the foot bridge.
Landscape architect/project designer Matt Wieneke said all locally-sourced materials were used to build American Bank Square — from the large stones, to the Amish-built pergola, to the masonry work — everything was provided by area companies.
“A lot of hands went into making this project come to life; I couldn’t have done it without them,” he said.
American Bank’s Donna Oathout served as project lead for the square. She said she is thrilled with how a vision has become reality and invites everyone to utilize the space.
“We planned it all on one level and there is a picnic table available for use by someone who may be in a wheelchair, also,” she said.