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In 2010 Evergreen initiated a Master Site Plan project with six phases of development. On August 30, 2016 the Evergreen Board of Directors unanimously approved to proceed with the final two phases.

Phase one of the Courtyard Residence Apartments will include 41 new spacious independent apartments, construction on these units began mid-September 2016 and we anticipate their completion in the fall of 2017. Phase two of the Courtyard Residence Apartments will include another 21 spacious independent apartments. These units are anticipated to be complete sometime in 2018.

Be among the first to select and reserve one of these new apartments for yourself. Make a personal appointment with a member of the Evergreen Marketing Team by calling (920) 237-2128.

For continuous updates and more information about our plans, please come back to this page often.

View the New Apartment floor plans Here.
Expansion Project Frequently Asked Questions

June 30, 2017

• Installation of the elevators, for the new Courtyard Apartments, has begun. Each elevator will take approximately 5 weeks to install.

• Masonry work on the exterior façade inside the courtyard of the new apartments is complete and crews have begun installing the EIFS/Stucco like material. This is expected to be complete mid-July.

• Landscaping crews will begin planting the new courtyard as soon as EFIS installation is complete in the courtyard and weather permits.

• Drywall installation is complete on the 3rd floor and is in progress on the 2nd floor. 1st floor is ready for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installation.

• The masonry crew has begun to install stone work on the exterior façade of the Worship and Performing Arts center.

• The new entrance and Worship and Preforming Arts Center are anticipated to open in September.

• Excavation for Phase 2 of the new apartments (the remaining 21 units) is expected to begin mid-July.

• A reminder to please be cautious when entering underground parking as construction equipment is still moving about. As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147

 (Please note all dates are subject to change)

To view the latest video's and photos of the construction visit our Facebook Page!

June 5, 2017

• Crews continue to frame the new office space for Resident and Guest Services, game room, mail center, convenience store and public bathroom spaces behind the temporary wall.

• Removal of the plywood wall in Manor North to the double doors is anticipated to begin the week of June 5th.

Please note that the above work will create significant noise during working hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• The elevators, for the new Courtyard Apartments, are expected to arrive the week of June 5th. Once on site crews will begin to install them.

• Crews are expected to pour concrete for the patios for the new apartments and sidewalks in the new courtyard next week.

• Contractors continue to rough in HVAC, electrical and plumbing in the new apartments.

• Drywall installation is expected to begin the week of June 5th. Crews will start on the 3rd floor and work their way down.

• Work on the exterior façade of the new apartments will continue in the new courtyard.

• The new entrance and Worship and Preforming Arts Center are anticipated to open mid-August.

• Landscaping crews hope to begin planting flowers the week of June 26.

 (Please note all dates are subject to change)
To view the latest video's and photos of the construction visit our Facebook Page!


April 28, 2017

• Work continues on the roof of the Worship and Performing Arts Center and new entry way.

• Crews continue to frame the new office space for Resident and Guest Services, game room, mail center, convenience store and public bathroom spaces behind the temporary wall.

Please note that the above work will create significant noise during working hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• Exterior Windows and doors are being installed in the new apartments.

• Contractors are beginning to rough in HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing in the new apartments. They will start on the 3rd floor and work their way down.

• Work on the exterior façade of the new apartments will continue in the new courtyard.

• The new entrance and Worship and Preforming Arts Center are anticipated to open mid August.


April 14, 2017
  • Work continues in the Worship and Performing Arts Center. Starting Wednesday, April 19 crews will begin using a concrete saw to complete the removal of the exterior wall that will connect the space to our existing building They will also cut a hole through the floor of the existing building to lower level, this is expected to take 3 day and during this phase section of the Behnke Center will be blocked off.
  • Crews are framing out the new front office, game room, mail center, convenience store and public bathroom spaces behind the temporary wall.

  • Drywall work on the new offices behind the temporary wall in Manor North has begun.

Please note that the above work will create significant noise during working hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

  • The roofing crew will wrap up their work in the next 7-10 days. Once complete they will install the new doors and windows.

  • Plumbers and Electricians have begun working in the new apartments in the next week.

  • A reminder to please be cautious when entering underground parking as construction equipment is still moving about. As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147

(Please note all dates are subject to change)

 

 

March 24, 2017

· Next week crews will begin work to remove the exterior wall to connect the new Worship & Performing Arts Center to the existing building.

· Crews will continue framing out the new office spaces behind the temporary wall and installing the steel beams structure for the Worship & Performing Arts Center.

Please note that the above work will create significant noise during working hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

· The 3rd floor pre-assembled wood walls installation is complete and crews are working on framing the architectural cornices and preparing install the roofing foundation material.

· A reminder to please be cautious when entering underground parking as construction equipment is still moving about. As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147

· Regularly scheduled activities in the Chapel have relocated to their new locations. For a list of locations please see your calendars or the postings outside the former Chapel Space.

 

March 10, 2017

• Crews will begin work to extend the temporary wall around the Chapel from the former south entrance all the way around to the temporary wall on the northwest side of the Chapel near the Front Desk. This will allow crews to begin work to transform the space for its new purposes. Please note that the Way-finding TV, Foundation Giving Trees and the Coffee Station will be removed.

• Regularly scheduled activities in the Chapel will relocated to their new locations. For a list of locations please see your calendars or the postings outside the Chapel Space.

• Next week crews will begin framing out the new office spaces behind the temporary wall and installing the steel beams structure for the Worship & Performing Arts Center. Please note that this work will create significant noise during working hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• Crews have begun installing the 3rd floor pre-assembled wood walls.

• Underground parking access restrictions have been lifted and residents may enter at any time. Please be cautious when entering as construction equipment is still moving about. As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147.

• Progress of the construction can be viewed from the Manor North Lounge windows.

(Please note all dates are subject to change)


February 24, 2017

• A temporary wall has been constructed down the Manor North hallway all the way to the south entrance of the Chapel, so crews can begin work on the new entrance and offices. The temporary walls will remain in Manor North, the Main entrance and corresponding community spaces until construction is complete in 2018.
• An additional temporary wall has been erected to close off the hallway on the north west side of the Chapel near the Front Desk.

• Activities regularly scheduled in the Chapel will relocate to the following locations:
Spiritual Services (Starting March 11th)
• Sunday 10 am - Catholic Communion service in the Behnke Center
• Sunday 3:30 pm - Vesper service with local area pastors in the Behnke Center every Sunday with Ecumenical Communion Service on the 1st Sunday of the month
• Tuesday 10:30 am - Episcopal Communion Service the first Tuesday of the month in the Behnke Center
• Wednesday 10 am - Catholic Mass on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and Catholic Communion service all other Wednesdays in the Behnke Center

Brain Training (Starting February 28th)
• Starting February 28th will move to the Resident Community Room

News Group (Starting March 3rd)
• 1st Friday of the Month – Manor South and All other Friday’s – The Trellis

Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic (Starting February 2nd)
• Will be held in the Ruth Rowland Room

• The crew is continuing to install the 2nd floor pre-assembled wood walls and upon completion will being the 3rd floor.
• Underground parking access restrictions have been lifted and residents may enter at any time. Please be cautious when entering as construction equipment is still moving about. As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147
• The concrete floor is expected to be poured in the basement of the new apartments next week.
• Progress of the construction can be viewed from the Manor North Lounge windows.

February 14, 2017
• Internal changes to Manor North and the Chapel area are expected to begin Monday, February 20th.
          o A temporary wall will be constructed down the Manor North hallway starting at MN 1022 and will run parallel to the wall all the way to the south entrance of the Chapel. Residents will be able to access the Chapel through the accordion doors through the end of the month. Regularly scheduled activities are in the process of being rescheduled.
          o A temporary wall will also be constructed to close off the hallway on the back side of the Chapel near the Front Desk.

• First floor framing has been completed and trusses for the 2nd floor have been installed. The 2nd floor pre-assembled wood walls are expected to arrive and be installed starting Monday, February 13th.

• Due to some changes in the construction schedule the front parking lot will remain closed to through traffic until further notice.

• Underground parking access restrictions have been lifted and residents may enter at any time. Please be cautious when entering as construction equipment is still moving about.
         o As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147

• The concrete floor is expected to be poured in the basement of the new apartments next week.

• Progress of the construction can be viewed from the Manor North Lounge windows.

(Please note all dates are subject to change)
To view video's and photos of the construction visit our Facebook Page!


February 7, 2017

First floor framing and second floor trusses being installed. Much progress being made on our new Courtyard Residence Apartments!

February 3, 2017

• The pre-assembled wood walls are being installed for the first floor frame work. First floor framing is expected to take another two weeks.

• Trusses for the 2nd floor are expected to arrive the week of February 13th.

• Access to underground parking restrictions have been lifted at this time.
             o As always if you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147

• We expect to open few more parking stalls in the front parking lot and to reopen the parking lot exit so traffic flow is back to normal.

• The concrete floor is expected to be poured in the basement of the new apartments next week.

• Electrical and Gas utility services have been connected to the new portion of the building.

• The 1st stairwell structure is done and crews are working on the elevator shafts and second stairwell in the new building.

• The Library Drop box has moved to the ShareHaven driveway through the remainder of construction.

• Progress of the construction can be viewed from the Manor North Lounge windows.


January 17, 2017

  • Precast is all set on the new apartment expansion and worship and performance arts center foundation’s. The next step is to pour a concrete leveling compound on top of the precast.

    • Pouring this toping will begin Wednesday, January 18th with the hopes of finishing end of day on Thursday, January 19th. To ensure they are able to complete this in the next two days before the weather gets bad again crews plan to start working at 6:00am and could be working as late as 7:00pm.

  • The pre-assembled wood walls are expected to arrive on Monday, January 23rd.

  • A reminder that the parking lot exit is closed indefinitely throughout construction. Some parking stalls are blocked off to create a turnaround in the center of the existing parking lot.  Access to underground parking is restricted during the day, due to large equipment moving about, but will re-open at 5pm each day.

    • If you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147

  • Crews continue to work on the structure that will be a stairwell in the new building.

  • The Library Drop box has moved to the ShareHaven driveway through the remainder of construction.

December 19, 2016

  • Precast (pre-made concrete columns, beams and floor slabs) are scheduled to start being set on Wednesday, December 21st. The Precast will be set by large cranes, so you will notice a lot more larger equipment coming in and moving about.
  • Crews will continue work on the worship & performing arts center’s foundation place forms and pouring the foundation.
  • A reminder that the parking lot exit will close indefinitely. Some parking stalls are blocked off to create a turnaround in the center of the existing parking lot. Access to underground parking is restricted during the day, due to large equipment moving about, but will re-open at 5pm each day. If you need any help getting your car in the garage, please call Tom (920) 237-2147
  • The Library Drop box has moved to the ShareHaven driveway through the remainder of construction.
  • Due to cold temperatures the work on the roof of the Manor Building has temporarily been put on hold until temperatures get above freezing.

(Please note that all dates are subject to change due to weather.) 

To view video's and photos of the construction visit our Facebook Page!

 

December 5, 2016

  • Crews are working on waterproofing the new apartment foundation and back-filling these areas.
  • Block work in the basement of the new apartments continues.
  • Crews will continue excavating for the worship & performing arts center’s foundation and pouring footings and the foundation.
  • A reminder that starting this week the parking lot exit will close indefinitely. Some parking stalls will be blocked off to create a turnaround in the center of the existing parking lot. Access to underground parking is restricted during the day, due to large equipment moving about, but will re-open at 5pm each day.
  • The Library Drop box has moved to the ShareHaven driveway through the remainder of construction.
  • A new roof is being installed on the Manor Building above Manor View and is expected to be complete the week of the December 20th.

(Please note that all dates are subject to change due to weather.) 

To view video's and photos of the construction visit our Facebook Page!



December 1, 2016

Parking & Transportation Update

As construction progress continues with the excavation of the Worship & Performing Arts Center access to existing parking in the parking lot, on Westfield Street, will be limited over the next few weeks. Alternate parking can be found on:

- North Westfield Street (South of the parking lot)

- North Eagle Street (Use the Garden Building entrance to access the building.

- Parking lots on North Eagle Street

Evergreen Transportation Pick Up Change

If you use Evergreen Transportation please note that pick up location has moved to the Garden Place Entrance on North Eagle Street. This will remain in effect until further notice.

November 19, 2016

This morning Saturday, November 19 a concrete wall that was under construction near Manor North collapsed and caused some damage to the existing manor building. Luckily, no one was injured during this incident. The construction company and other contractors are currently onsite working on the affected areas. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

November 14, 2016

  • Work continues on the foundation of the new apartments. Two sections of wall have been poured and the crew is working on pouring the next section of footings and the basement walls.
  • A concrete block work is well under way for the stairwell and fire wall that will connect the existing Manor North building (west entrance) to the new structure is being built. Crews will also begin work on the interior walls of the underground parking structure out of concrete block.
  • The basement windows in the Behnke Center will be blocked in, starting Monday, November 14, in preparation for the grade change of the ground upon the completion of the chapel & performing arts center.
  • Crews are expected to begin excavating for the chapel & performing arts center’s foundation on Wednesday, November 16.
  • Starting the week of November 28th the parking lot exit will close indefinitely through the remainder of construction. Some parking stalls will be blocked off to create a turnaround in the center of the existing parking lot. Access to underground parking will remain open during this time.
  • The Library Drop box will be moving to the ShareHaven driveway through the remainder of construction.
  • Progress of the construction can be viewed from the Manor North Lounge windows.


November 8, 2016

Construction is progressing and we have a few updates to share with you:

  • Work continues on the foundation of the new apartments. One section of wall has been poured and the crew is working on pouring the next section of footings and the basement walls.
  • The basement windows on the west side of Manor North have been blocked in, with concrete blocks, in preparation for the grade change of the ground upon the completion of the chapel & performing arts center.
  • Crews are expected to begin excavating for the chapel & performing arts center’s foundation in about two weeks.
  • Work on the new front parking lot is beginning with the installation of storm sewer and utilities. Once the utilities are in this area will be used as a staging area for building materials for the new apartments.

(Please note that all dates are subject to change due to weather.) 

To view video's and photos of the construction visit our Facebook Page!

 

October 31, 2016

Work on the digging for the foundation continues and some of the footings for the basement of the new structure have been poured. Forms for the basement walls were delivered and crews are expected to start work on those next week. The foundation portion of the project is expected to take about 4 – 5 weeks.
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October 14, 2016

Digging for the foundation of the new apartments has begun and the excavation crews are prepping the ground for the concrete crews to arrive next week, where they will begin work on the footings and foundation for the basement of the new structure. This portion of the project is expected to take about 4 – 5 weeks. (Please note that all dates are subject to change due to weather.) 
Check out the excavation crew in action and for more exciting video's and photos visit our Facebook Page!




October 4, 2016

A historic day here at Evergreen! As a chapter comes to an end a very exciting one is beginning, and it is fitting that the first Evergreen Home to be built is the first one to come down, in the name of progress, to make way for our new apartments. For more exciting video's and photos visit our Facebook Page!

 

September 22, 2016

On August 31, we announced to you that the Evergreen Board of Directors unanimously approved to proceed with the final two phases of our Master Plan. Since then we have some exciting updates to share with you:

• Exterior updates on Manor South are wrapping up and exterior updates on Manor North are beginning this week. Crews will be working, as they are able, to complete this project in October.
• The Homes on the north side of campus will start to be taken down the week of 10/3.
• Digging for the foundation of the expansion will begin the week of 10/10. Fencing will surround the job site and the area from the existing parking lot to the sidewalk will be cleared to make space for equipment and materials.
• Once the expansion is excavated, the crew will move just north of the main entrance and start digging for the foundation and future Chapel and Performing Arts Center.

(All dates subject to change due to weather)

We will continue to post updates on a regular basis.

Project Updates

In order to best serve our residents, Evergreen has initiated a Master Site Plan project with six phases of development spanning five years. Learn about the Evergreen Foundation Capital Campaign which provides support for many of the projects.

Phase One

Phase One of the Master Site Plan project was completed in 2013 with the opening of the Creekview Rehabilitation Center at Evergreen and the relocation of rehab residents to the renovated Creekview Households 5 and 6, conveniently closer to Therapy Services. Included in the renovation was converting all rooms to private and adding full baths with showers to each room.  
PHASE ONE COMPLETED.

Phase Two

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Phase Two, the relocation of assisted living residents to the all-new Manor View in spring of 2014, put all 40 beds of the Garden Heights/Manor View Community Based Residential Facility on the same floor. Also included in this phase was an update to the Garden Heights common spaces and the conversion of the adjacent and formerly enclosed patio into an open sitting and garden area. Now residents have direct access and can conveniently enjoy the outdoors in a garden setting.
PHASE TWO COMPLETED.

Phase Three

Phase Three, the renovation of our memory care building ShareHaven, was completed in summer 2014. Private bathrooms were added to each of the 20 private ShareHaven accommodations and public spaces were expanded with the addition of an exercise room and a large four-seasons room. 
PHASE THREE COMPLETED.

Phase Four

Phase Four began in early August and was completed mid-December 2014. Garden Terrace was converted into a Residential Care Apartment Complex like Garden Place with ten new assisted living apartments for those requiring the least amount of daily assistance. 
PHASE FOUR COMPLETED.

Phase Five

Phase Five began in the spring of 2015 and will continue through 2017. The lower level Commons was expanded to create options for multiple meeting spaces. Included are improved sound technology with a hearing loop, four new screens and projectors, as well as updated lighting. New more accessible bathrooms have also been added. This lower level part of Phase Five was completed in late summer, 2015. Other plans in this Phase include changes to the appearance of the main building from Westfield Street. The façade of the main entrance and building front will be updated including the repair or replacement of windows in the Manor North and South Apartments.
PHASE FIVE COMPLETED

Phase Six

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Phase Six is underway and the entire project is expected to be complete by Spring of 2018. The plan includes a new three-story addition on the north side of the Evergreen campus connected to the current Manor building. It will provide a total of 62  new spacious and up-scale independent apartments. 41 of the 62 to be complete in Fall of 2017 and the 21 additional apartments to be complete in Spring of 2018. Phase 6 will also include moving the Evergreen main entrance a little further north, creating additional parking, adding a new Worship and Performing Arts Center, plus a new library and more common spaces.

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Interested in learning more about the new apartments Click Here or call (920) 237-2128 to schedule a personal appointment today and be among the first to reserve one of these new apartments.
PHASE SIX IN PROGRESS

Other projects

Other projects continue even while the Master Site Plan project is in progress.

  • New parking spaces have been added to our campus in two locations - on the south end of Westfield Street near the Village buildings and within the Creekview circle drive on Eagle Street.
  • Households 7 and 8 received an update to the entry areas and new carpeting was installed from the Creekview Cafe all the way into the households.
  • Renovations to independent accommodations continue to occur as Village Homes, Evergreen Homes and Manor Apartments become available.

Leadership at Evergreen is comprised of three boards, the Executive Team and the Evergreen Leadership Team.

The Evergreen Leadership Team (ELT) includes Executive Team members, unit and department managers, and organization coordinators. With approximately 30 members, ELT meets monthly to share program and project updates, and to keep all members informed about currents events.

  • Evergreen is governed by a voluntary 18-member board of directors consisting of community members and three residents:

    • Dede DeWitt, Chair
    • Vacant, Vice-Chair
    • Susan Boettcher
    • Gini Davis
    • Steve Dunn
    • Vernice Haase
    • Elizabeth Hartman
    • John Hintze
    • Randy Husman
    • Sue Kreibich
    • Marcia Larson
    • Fred Lilly
    • Sandy Muinde
    • Roy Ney
    • John Newman
    • Barbara Rau
    • Luella Remmel
    • Chris VanStraten
    • Rev. Barry Yarbro

    For more information about the Evergreen Board of Directors, or to learn how to become involved, please contact Brooke Knoll at (920) 237-2101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Members of the Evergreen Village, Inc. Board of Directors are:

    • Anna Filipova, Chair
    • Bill Urbrock, Vice-Chair
    • Bill Christianson
    • Steve Cummings
    • Betty Paterson

    For more information about the Evergreen Village Board of Directors, or to learn how to become involved, please contact Brooke Knoll at (920) 237-2101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • Rick Picard, Chair  - Financial Services, Financial Architects
    • Mary Hansen, Vice-Chair - Healthcare Executive, Nursing Home Administrator
    • Carol Cameron - Retired RN
    • The Reverend Canon Charles Cason - Retired, Episcopal Priest
    • Scott Decker - VP Quality, Theda Care
    • Randy Husman - Financial Professional, Prudential
    • Helen Lord Burr - Retired Business Manager, Fiss and Bills, Poklasny Funeral Home
    • Ginna Nelson - Retired Executive Director, Winnebagoland Council of Camp Fire Girls
    • Kathleen Propp - Retired, UW Oshkosh
    • Pam Ruder - Community Member
    • Cathy Scherer - Attorney, Scherer Law
    • Thomas J Wintheiser - Retired VP and Co-Owner, Viking Steel, Inc.

    For more information about the Evergreen Foundation Board of Directors or to learn how to become involved, please contact Vice President Foundation Advancement Carol C. Staszkiewicz at (920) 237-2120 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • executiveteamStanding (L – R): John Krueger, Erin Sanders, Ken Arneson
    Sitting (L – R): Peggy Bellin, Carol Staszkiewicz

    President and CEO - Ken Arneson

    • Bachelor of Art in Marketing and Management with a minor in history, Minot State University; Master of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    • With Evergreen since 1998

    Vice President Health and Support Services - Peggy Bellin

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marian University; Certification of Achievement in Nursing Home Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and licensed through the state of Wisconsin
    • With Evergreen since 1992

    Vice President Finance and Information Services - John Krueger

    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Master in Business Administration, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    • With Evergreen since 1988

    Vice President Human Resources - Erin Sanders

    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Master in Business Administration, Cardinal Stritch University; SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) Certification
    • With Evergreen since 2001

    Vice President Foundation Advancement - Carol C. Staszkiewicz

    • Bachelor of Science in Humanities with major in English and minors in philosophy and secondary education, Loyola University, Chicago; Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling, Roosevelt University, Chicago
    • With Evergreen since 2000

    For more information about the Evergreen Executive Team, please contact Brooke Knoll
    at (920) 237-2101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

bernie wapp on trailResident Bernie Wapp on the Evergreen trailEvergreen is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. With thirty-five acres, there is plenty of room for green space, flower beds, trees and woodlands, as well as a water view of Sawyer Creek.

Living Options

Evergreen is a Life Plan Community offering:

Campus Map

Use this campus map to get a birds-eye view of the Evergreen campus. Notice the woodland area with walking paths and fishing pier along Sawyer Creek!

Read The Grounds Gazette for a monthly update from the Grounds crew.

Future Plans - Master Site Plan Project

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In order to best serve our residents, Evergreen has initiated a Master Site Plan project consisting of six phases of development on this campus. By the end of 2014, the first four phases were completed with the renovation of assisted living and skilled nursing accommodations. Phases five and six include the addition of 40 new independent apartments, a significant change to the appearance of the main building from Westfield Street, and the addition of a library and other common spaces.

Read more about the Expansion - and the new independent apartment homes.

Evergreen's Oak Savanna - an incredible natural resource

The seven acres of the Evergreen campus along Sawyer Creek is the largest natural woodland within the city of Oshkosh and it has been recognized as an Oak Savanna, a rare ecosystem of open woodlands consisting primarily of oaks and hickories. It contains over 40 species of native plants. But what is now seen as a beautiful and open forest was, until the late 1980's, largely hidden and inaccessible by a dense undergrowth of invasive, non-native shrubs and plants.

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This situation continued through the 1990's until a neighbor, a retired city planner from Chicago, recognized the woods as a rare Oak Savanna. With help from Evergreen, he led a successful effort to restore the savanna by recruiting support from other neighbors, Evergreen residents, a group of native landscaping enthusiasts called The Wild Ones, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Oshkosh Parks Department.

Results have been spectacular! Spring, summer and fall now bring an ever increasing array of wild flowers and other native plants, and the woodland is also home to many species of wildlife such as beaver, hawks, owls, deer, and other birds and mammals. The restoration has also made the woodland more open and accessible, and has allowed Evergreen to maintain graveled and wood-chipped paths for walking or biking.

Evergreen's Oak Savanna is an extraordinary natural resource for residents and their families to enjoy its natural beauty right here in our own backyard.

For more information, contact Grounds Coordinator Chris Bellin at (920) 237-2148 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..