The Lake County Commission has officially dedicated the county’s public access area on Lake Madison as the Scott Pedersen Memorial Park. Commissioners met in the park Thursday evening to dedicate it on the date of the former commissioner’s birthday. Pedersen passed away in August of 2016 after battling cancer.
Present for the dedication Thursday were Pedersen’s mother, wife, children, grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends, along with many county employees and their families.
Commission Chair Kelli Wollmann led the ceremony, outlining the history of the public access property.
Wollmann said that the park provides free access to Lake Madison, and has been an important project of commissioners both past and present.
In a proclamation from the commission presented to Pedersen’s wife, Pat, Wollmann read that the county started formally reclaiming a portion of the county’s gravel pit to create the public access area in 2009 and that Pedersen was instrumental in its development.
Wollmann said that the county commission will continue to carry Pedersen’s vision forward to keep the place as one where lasting family memories can be made.