Kenoshe, Wisconsin (USA) – ikeastackel, the parent company of ikea, announced Tuesday that it will soon begin building a brand new campus in Kenny South Park in Kenoshea County, Wisconsin.
ikeasa Park and Resort will open in 2021, with a grand opening planned for later this year.
This announcement marks a major milestone in the revitalization of the park, as it marks the completion of a long-time, multi-year commitment by ikeas parent company, ikeabank, to develop a high-tech, community-centered learning center.
The campus is expected to include classrooms, learning labs, a large library, sports facilities, a fitness center, a food court and more.
Ikeas Park and Resorts was originally built as a large shopping mall in the early 1990s, but in the late 1990s it began to diversify into the education space.
According to ikeassignments.com, the project was initially envisioned as a single building with a two-story campus that would eventually expand to a two story building with 12 floors.
Today, the campus will be able to accommodate a total of 24,500 students.
Although ikeafamily.com lists the project as a mixed-use development, the university says it has chosen to build the campus as a four-story building with 10 floors of classroom space.
Students can also expect to find dining, living and dining-related amenities.
“We want to provide a vibrant environment where students can learn and experience the university and our community,” said ikeascertures.com co-founder Mike Healy.
At the north end of the new campus, ikespark.com describes the new park as “a place where students and their families can go to relax, shop, explore, and enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and countryside.”
Kenosha has long been known as a place where you can visit for the night, as well as a popular tourist destination.
In January 2018, the Kenosham Gazette reported that the lake has been completely drained, and it is now considered a no-go area for boaters, and even some people who fish there.
A kennel named Kenoshes, opened in January 2017, was supposed to be a safe haven for the injured and those in need.
Since its opening, however, the park has seen a rise in crime, a decline in visitation and even the closing of the kennel.
On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it would no longer be releasing dogs at the park.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Kensans park, which is a national landmark, experienced more than a dozen incidents involving students, including at least one stabbing.
One student who was killed was identified as a member of the UAW-CIO.
More recently, on January 8, 2017 , a 17-year-old Kenoshee High School student was shot and killed by another student who also attended the school.
He was a member the UW-CUNY Young Democrats, and the UWA has said it will hold a press conference on Thursday to discuss the incident.
While this may seem like a small story, it illustrates the challenges that students in Kenesha face when they enter the college town, and also the challenges faced by students of color in the state.
Ikeasa has been a focal point for several years in the fight for racial equality and justice.
When a group of white students at ikebanking.com were recently accused of raping a black student, it sparked a nationwide outcry.
In March 2017, ikassigns.com reported that more than half of the university’s student body of approximately 2,000 students were white, with about 1,000 being black.
There have been multiple attempts at racial reconciliation in the years since.
As of March 2020, ichicago-based ikeawealth.com reports that more people are attending universities in Chicago than anywhere else in the country.
An article on ikexpress.com shows that Kenesas population has increased by nearly 10% over the last 20 years.
Kenesha, Wisconsin, was named a national symbol for education by the National Education Association.