Bay Beach improvements being studied for 2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - When Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt delivers his State of the City address next month - he plans to put the spotlight on Bay Beach. Local 5's Kris Schuller reports the mayor is ready to bring swimming back to the very popular park. 

It's been over 70 years years since a swimming beach at Bay Beach closed to the general public. But Mayor Jim Schmitt says in 2017 work to restore the once popular swimming spot on the Bay of Green Bay - could get underway.

“We've been talking about this a long time,” said Schmitt. “You have to drive 20 miles to go to a good beach from Green Bay and we'll have that right here -  along with all the other amenities.”

For the last four months the city has been working with an engineering firm to develop a proposal to bring swimming back to Bay Beach.  It is a project that includes a beach, boardwalk, additional parking and a pier.

“Those are just great places to walk, to take in the water,” Schmitt said. “It will be a great design and put Bay Beach on the map.”

“People want to get out there and interact with the water,” said Dan Ditscheit, parks development supervisor for the city of Green Bay. “We're hoping to put it behind the pavilion.”

As for the proposed beach Mayor Schmitt says “I’d like to see it couple hundred feet wide and seven or eight hundred feet in length.”

The study is still under development with the city working with the DNR to come up with a proposal all can support.

“It's a process - hopefully apply for permits yet this year and look for funding to actually implement it,” said Ditscheit.

“This is a significant step with restoration of the beach. Something we are very confident we can do, something we're having fun dreaming about and even more fun when it opens,” Schmitt said.

Mayor Schmitt will release more information about the beach restoration project at Bay Beach in his State of the City address April 12.


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