A milestone has been reached in the city of Green Bay’s efforts to bring back swimming to Bay Beach. Kris Schuller reports next week final details will be released on this project in the works nearly 10 years.
It’s been 70 years since a swimming beach was open to the public at Bay Beach. Next week Mayor Jim Schmitt is expected to announce the city is one step closer to restoring the once popular swimming hole.
“We’re excited that we’re in the final stages of seeing this through,” said Director of Parks, Dan Ditscheit.
The $7 million plan calls for a 1,000-foot sand swimming beach, a 450-foot-long pier, shoreline walkway and a bathhouse. Paid for with $5 million in bonding, $1 million in grants and $1 million in fundraising, of which the city’s parks director says there has been a major development.
“The press conference next week will talk about a major milestone in that fundraising effort that the mayor is tackling,” he said.
Ditscheit says the project was born out public input collected in 2009, during the development of the Bay Beach Amusement Park master plan.
“The community expressed their interest to really enhance and embrace the bay, the water front,” he said.
A water quality study showing the bay safe for swimming convinced Mayor Schmitt it was time to restore the beach and to work with the DNR to obtain permits needed to begin construction.
“He’s been a champion of this effort, implementing the Bay Beach master plan and seeing it through,” said Ditscheit. “We’re hoping to begin construction in 2019, go through the entire season and then open in 2020 to the public.”
It’s been a long-proposed project – one step closer to becoming reality.
More information will be released next Tuesday at Lambeau Field Atrium.