(Beaver Dam) From an old metal shed to a parking lot oasis, American Bank in Beaver Dam is looking to be a leader in the business community with their efforts to improve the downtown area. American Bank President John Oathout tells us that the soon-to-be unveiled American Bank Square has been an exciting endeavor. The space used to be occupied by an old metal storage shed which was no longer being utilized by the bank, so they decided to repurpose the area while contributing to the city’s revitalization efforts.
To do so, they recruited the assistance of Landscaper Matt Wieneke who has already worked on several projects within Beaver Dam. Oathout says that Wieneke is more than just a landscaper; he is more of a “land artist.” Wieneke handpicked each stone laid within the American Bank Square project and created a space that aims to be both beautiful and functional. The park includes an Amish-built pergola, which will be the primary focal point. Oathout says it will be an area where the public can come and have lunch, where employees of downtown business can come and sit, and a space that “becomes a true community area within downtown Beaver Dam.”
The parks creation was fully funded by American Bank, without the use of city or taxpayer funds, and Oathout hopes it will inspire other business to follow suit. A ribbon-cutting is planned later this month.