By Joe Bachman
MADISON — A second Department of Natural Resources Grant has been approved for the coming Wisconsin Rapids Riverbank Project.
A second round of support from the state comes in addition to the original grant amount of $672,000. Wisconsin Rapids will now receive over $1.2 million dollars in Nelson-Knowles Stewardship program grants to go towards the upgrades to the riverfront. This will not only cover phase one, but may cover phase two as well.
“Among my top goals is making sure that we continue to rebuild the Central Wisconsin economy,” said Rep. Scott Krug (R- Rome). “As the Wisconsin Rapids areas continues to see economic development wins, it’s important to understand the value of tourism in the area. Whether it’s the massive growth we see with Sand Valley or the work to limit phosphorous into our lakes and streams, my office is always willing to help fight to grow our local economy through common sense reforms.”
Upgrades to the East Side Riverfront Project will include public access to biking, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing and picnic areas.
“We appreciate the state’s continued investment in our beautiful riverfront enabling us to make necessary repairs to the river wall,” said Mayor Zach Vruwink. “Receiving public and private resources is essential to making our riverfront an even better place for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
Construction for phase one could start as soon as this summer. Phase two includes river wall restoration, new railing, and other aesthetic features. To check out what is involved in phase one, please visit http://wrcitytimes.com/supermass-presents-phase-one-of-riverfront-project/