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The Village of Union Grove is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Racine County for the construction of an entertainment stage! The general purpose of the stage will be to help create a sense of community by hosting family-friendly events at a walkable location in Union Grove. Resident participation is needed to help decide details of the structure, including location, design, features, rules/operations, fundraising and event planning. Look for updates to this webpage ( for more information on this community project!

Project Updates

5/14/19 – At the regular Village Board meeting on May 13, the Board voted unanimously for the stage to be located at School Yard Park in an area southeast of the Kiwanis concession stand and restrooms. The decision was made after several meetings of deliberations and close consideration of a recommendation from the Site Selection Committee to locate the stage at Leider Park. However, after reviewing a variety of factors, including walkability, parking, security, proximity to residents and existing site amenities, the Board ended up on the School Yard Park location. A chart document was prepared by Trustee Ryan Johnson which compared many factors between the two parks., which can be viewed here. The Board also considered a memo report from staff, which can be viewed here. The other project subcommittees will be meeting soon to develop recommendations relating to design/bidding, rules and fundraising.

Kick-off Meeting – February 27, 2019

A community meeting was held on February 27, 2019 at the Union Grove Municipal Center (Community Room) to announce this project and discuss next steps. About 30 residents were in attendance for the meeting. Village President Mike Aimone discussed background information on the project and invited volunteers to sign up for sub-committees to help advise on different aspects of the project.

  • Click here to download a copy of the community meeting presentation.


Residents who attended the community meeting on February 27 had an opportunity to sign up for one or more of the project sub-committees. A listing of the sub-committee members is provided below. Village staff will be in contact with the committee members to schedule committee meetings. An initial e-mail was sent to these individuals to confirm their committee assignment. If you did not receive an e-mail or if you have any questions, please contact village administrator Michael Hawes at

  • Site Selection – Jason Kurt, Stephanie Kurt, Kayla Mishleau, Laurie Mishleau, Julie Scherer, Danielle Braun, Adam Braun, Miranda DeFranco, Jim McCormick, Patti Rushing, Ryan Morris, Amber Morris, Marco Celeste, Tony Povkovich, Karen Beard, Tom Beard, Jennifer Ditscheit, Chris Huenink, Steve Peterson
  • Design/Bidding – Laura Krick, Sharon Tilton, Miranda DeFranco, Karen Beard, Tom Beard, Jeff Saunders
  • Rules/Governance – Stephanie Kurt, Jennifer Ditscheit and Melanie Reichert
  • Fundraising and Events – Cheryl Sweet, Shelly Petrick and Tony Hood

Members of other subcommittees have been contacted by Village staff to confirm their committee assignments. Subcommittee members will be notified by Village staff about meeting dates and times. Future project updates will be posted in this section.