The city of Menasha’s most popular Lake Winnebago park is due for some major changes.
Brian Tungate, the Parks and Recreation Director for Menasha has been gathering input from the community over the last four months on how to improve the popular lakeside destination.
“There are a few areas of consensus that seem to be coming out, one is that they want a more naturalized Jefferson Park, with a little less athletic feel,” said Tungate.
That would include removing some of the ball diamonds for green space, keeping the existing Menasha swimming pool, but work toward improving the access to the water near the boat launch.
The designs also include a new amphitheater or public event space.
To add more to the area, there is talk about transforming the large bay of water (by the boat launch), that is owned by the city’s water department and will be closed in about a year.
“It could be a marina, parts of it could be filled in, there could be some commercial development there or a trail system,” said Tungate.
Three concepts are in the still in running to better the space in Jefferson Park, but little to be said on how it will look in the end.
The city hopes to bring the final plan to common council by April. Brian says he has no guesses on the final cost or how it will be financed.