2003 Volunteer of the Year
The Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department could not be successful without the many volunteers that help out every year.
The 2003 Parks & Recreation Department Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Floyd Hamus in part for his efforts in spearheading the construction of the Wildwood Station Building in Wildwood Park. In 1997, the department was confronted with the problem of what to do with the old park pavilion after it was determined it could no longer be used, due to it's deterioration. Floyd worked with Terry Frankland, Dan Helwig and others to design and raise the funds necessary to build the Wildwood Station building. A ribbon-cutting was held in November 1998, and the facility has been a tremendous success. Since 1999, over 4,900 building reservations have been made and it is estimated over 368,000 people have used the building during this time.
Floyd's efforts didn't stop with the Wildwood Station. In 2002, he assisted the City in constructing a new restroom for the park, and in 2003 he raised funds and helped coordinate the construction of two new shelters in Wildwood Park. He later had two additional small picnic table shelters built and provided funding to replace all of the old wooden park tables with new web coat picnic tables.
After Floyd provided a total face-lift for Wildwood Park, in 2006, Floyd and his wife, Pat, worked with the City of Marshfield and Marshfield Utilities to create the Hamus Nature Preserve & Wildlife Area; a 28-acre park and well-head protection area on the north side of Marshfield that provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities for Marshfield and its visitors. The park was opened in the fall of 2006. Floyd has now focused his efforts on improving the Wildwood Zoo by leading the campaign to construct a new grizzly bear exhibit in 2015.
Congratulations to Floyd, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer their time each year to the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.