Community Park to get a little TLC

Project expected to cost $450,000 will include new pavilion, concession stand expansion
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Belgium Community Park shelter and concession stand is scheduled to get an upgrade this year.

The Village Board in November approved a proposal from New Horizon Ventures of Grafton to design the project for $20,600.

Work includes demolition and reconstruction of the pavilion, expanding the concession stand by 900 feet to connect it to the pavilion — like the stand and shelter are connected at Heritage Park — adding a 625-square-foot restroom and making repairs to the gazebo and upgrading it to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Construction is expected to cost about $450,000 and is in this year’s captial projects budget, Village Treasurer Vickie Boehnlein said.

The work schedule hasn’t been determined, but Boehnlein said demolition and replacement of the shelter might not happen until early fall, after Luxembourg Fest, which fills the park with music, food and other vendors on a weekend in August.

Some of the work, such as the bathrooms, might be done before that, she said.

“Until we go to bid, those details won’t be finalized,” Boehnlein said.

The shelter also hosts the annual Memorial Day ceremony, the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Nights Live music, food and market series, the Melvin Wester American Legion Post 412’s annual corn roast, the annual youth baseball tournament in late June and is sometimes rented out for private events.

The Parks and Recreation Committee discussed the project in fall. Public Works Director Dan Birenbaum said the structure is old and having issues with its foundation.

The design and construction plans will likely come through the committee before going to the Village Board for approval.

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