City to celebrate Henry Demitz Park improvements completion
For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – To celebrate the completion of Henry Demitz Park improvements, city staff will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the park.
This also marks the completion of Phase I of the East Riverbank Project. These improvements include a new kayak/canoe launch, ADA-accessible accommodations, renewed fishing pier, recreational trail and under-expressway walk, parking lot, outdoor fitness equipment, outdoor grills, and a new shade structure.
The project was guided by a number of helping hands, including Taewook Cha of Supermass Studios, MSA Professional Services and the Wisconsin DNR, which contributed $675,000 from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.
As a part of the celebration, Cha will give a designer-led tour of the park. In addition, fitness station and kayak/canoe demonstrations will be given, and Mayor Vruwink will grill and serve refreshments for those in attendance, while supplies last. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Wisconsin Rapids Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
“The Wisconsin River is the most significant natural asset in our City and we’re capitalizing on it,” said Mayor Zach Vruwink. “We’re proud to celebrate the completion of the East Riverbank project and the many new amenities and features for the public to enjoy. From riverbank stabilization to ADA accessible accommodations and fitness stations, our riverbank spaces are more exciting than ever!”
The project is just one of many upgrades the area has seen for the ongoing Riverfront Development project. Park benches and amenities can still be sponsored by calling the Wisconsin Rapids Parks Department at 715421-8240.
For more event information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 715-421-8216.