City plans to restart work on Portâ€™s premier lakefront park next week, hold public meeting on April 16 and host opening celebration on June 22
Work on Port Washingtonâ€™s Coal Dock Park will begin in earnest next week as planning continues for the cityâ€™s newest lakefront park to open in June.
Thatâ€™s when city crews will begin to construct a 700-foot-long, 10-foot-wide boardwalk along the east side of the park, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said.
Weather permitting, the following week crews will begin grading the site as the spring construction season begins, he said.
â€śWeâ€™re going to be busy for the next couple months. Thereâ€™s a lot of work to be done yet,â€ť Vanden Noven said. â€śWeâ€™re keeping our fingers crossed itâ€™ll stop raining.â€ť
Last year, crews built the promenade on the north side of the park as well as a bench over the former crane rail.
The entrance road and walking paths need to be constructed, pathway lighting installed and the naturalization of Sauk Creek done, he said.
Vanden Noven said the city has received a $75,000 Boat Infrastructure Grant to help build a catwalk that will allow smaller ships to dock on the north side of the park.
The cityâ€™s share of the cost is $25,000, he said.
The catwalk is needed to bridge the gap between the decks of the ships and the dock, Vanden Noven said, noting that low lake levels make it difficult to bridge the distance.
A public meeting to discuss plans for the park and its grand-opening celebration on June 22 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at City Hall.
A presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.
â€śWe want to bring people up to date and update them on the park plan and progress,â€ť Vanden Noven said. â€śWeâ€™re certainly interested in any input people might have on future uses of the property, whether itâ€™s for a single event or a festival or permanent displays there.â€ť
With a little more than two months to go, the Coal Dock Committee is continuing to work on plans for the parkâ€™s grand opening celebration during the afternoon and evening of June 22. Officials have said the preliminary plans call for music, family-friendly activities and food vendors.
Image Information: IT MAY NOT look like much yet, but the coal dock on Port Washingtonâ€™s lakefront will be transformed into a welcoming park before its grand opening on June 22. A rendering of plans for the park was held by Port Mayor Tom Mlada (left) and Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven. Full rendering included in this weeks copy of the Ozaukee Press. Photo by Sam Arendt