After 33 years of being used as a storage building, the Village of Oregon Historic Pump House is set to come back to life in 2015. Several Oregon residents started this journey, and now the torch has been passed to current residents who will finish the restoration of the Pump House. This all started when I proposed new landscaping around the building, and now we are in the midst of restoring the building to become the new Oregon Welcome Center. The restoration is not yet complete, but I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us get where we are today. We couldn’t do this without your continued support.
First, thanks to our village board & staff, and preservation organizations and committees for embracing this valuable community project. To the local nurseries who donated all the plant and landscape material and the local church group who helped finish the landscaping. To the Oregon Observer, who provided great updates regarding our ongoing progress. Thank you to local organizations who staffed tables at events, and those who donated proceeds of events to the project. To the Oregon High School football coach and players who helped remove demo material from the Pump House. Thanks to all the volunteers who donated time and labor, the businesses who donated landscape and building materials, signs, printing, artistic talent, and venues for fundraising events. We are also thankful to our recent funders for believing in the importance and impact this project will have on the Village and Dane County.
We still have more work to do before the restoration is complete. Brick pavers are still available for sale for the front walkway. More information can be found at our display at the Firefly, or you can go to www.oregonwatertower.com. Thank you to all village residents & beyond, as well as local businesses and organizations who have sent in donations. Please continue to support our efforts and watch us transform the Historic Pump House into the Oregon Welcome Center.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone in Oregon for welcoming me, the newbie from Madison. I’ve now lived in the village for almost 2 years, and feel very proud to call the Village of Oregon my home.
Randall L. Glysch
Friends of the Historic Oregon Water Tower