Progress continues on Community Park shelter project

New building to have larger concession stand, gazebo and restrooms

THE BONES OF the Community Park shelter in Belgium have been erected during the past several weeks. Work on the shelter continues on schedule for a spring opening. Above right, Donny Mueller, Brian Bares and Tanner Brooks walked through the building. Photos by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Belgium’s replacement and upgrade of its Community Park shelter “lucked out with the weather,” allowing significant work to be done on the project recently, Director  of Public Works Dan Birenbaum told the Village Board this month.

The shelter is being replaced because the old one had foundation issues. It was taken down in September.

The new shelter includes a 900-square-foot larger concession stand connected to the pavilion — similiar to the one at Heritage Park — a 625-square-foot restroom facility and repairs to the gazebo to bring it in line with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

It only took four days to put the structure up and seven days of laying 3,000 blocks, Birenbaum said on Jan. 11.

“Lots of progress has been made on the shelter in the last month,” he said.

The goal is to open the facility in spring.

“It looks like everything is on track,” Birenbaum said.

The project was budgeted at $400,000 but the cost has risen to $550,000.

Last fall, the board approved a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Committee to set a goal of $200,000 in sponsorships from businesses and civic organizations to offset the cost.

Funding levels were set at platinum ($50,000 and more), gold ($20,000 to $49,999), silver ($5,001 to $19,999) and bronze ($5,000).

The board also approved sending letters to businesses and civic organizations seeking sponsorships.

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