Ground broken for new Prairie Kids Club

Dignitaries including Prairie Kids Club owner Jen Mead (second from left), Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser (third from right) and District 1 Alder Emily Lindsey (second from right) helped break ground May 15, 2019 for the new Prairie Kids Club facility in the Sun Prairie Business Park. The business will move into the new facility from space it currently leases elsewhere in the park.

About a month ago, Prairie Kids Club owner Jen Mead and Tim Kritter from TJK Design Build were talking. As the two sat in Kritter’s office, and signed the contract, Mead said something that Kritter took to heart.

“Tim, I just want you to know,” Kritter recalled Mead saying, “you’re building my dream. And that just really hit home. That’s why I’m in the business – to make dreams possible for people like that.”

Kritter made his remarks during the May 15 groundbreaking for Prairie Kids Club, to be located in the Sun Prairie Business Park near the intersection of Wilburn Road and Business Park Drive.

“This is definitely more than anything we thought we could accomplish,” said Mead, thanking everyone for attending the groundbreaking for the new 15,082 sq. ft., single-story structure that is labeled by the City of Sun Prairie as an indoor commercial entertainment use because it offers gymnastics, cheer, and tumbling.

Mead thanked “an amazing team of people” who helped make the groundbreaking possible, including financing from Bank of Sun Prairie.

“We are super-excited to have this brand new building for the kids of Sun Prairie,” Mead said, adding that the targeted opening date is this fall.

But the fact that the establishment was being constructed for children was not lost on Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser.

“We are always pleased to see things happening in Sun Prairie – the growth and the development, the new items that come in – that appeals to people and they want to be in Sun Prairie,” Esser said, “but especially this, that is going to improve the lives of children. This community is all about kids – you see it with the school referendums, a Boys and Girls Club coming in here – this community is geared to kids . . . we’re so pleased that you’re here doing this.

“And then to hear that this is your dream,” Esser said to Mead, “it’s like this is all coming together . . . so thank you for doing this. We’re pleased that you’re here.”

Watch video from the groundbreaking online at in the Videos section.

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