Yahara Place Park Canoe/Kayak Launch and Steel Bulkhead Replacement

Last Updated: 10/09/2017

Construction is anticipated to begin on August 16th, 2017 in Yahara Place Park.  It will not impact parking or traffic along Yahara Place.  Based on public feedback and the Public Input Meeting, the City will install two sets of limestone steps to replace the three bulkheads at Yahara Place Park. A 20’ length (parallel to the shore) section of limestone steps will replace the bulkhead at Russell Street and a smaller 10’-15’ length section of steps will be placed at the Schurz Avenue bulkhead. The remaining bulkhead, near the playground, will be replaced with rock riprap to match the rest of the shoreline.
The proposed step locations will help distribute park amenities, and compliment access areas along the Yahara River. The proposed limestone step design provides opportunities to interact with the shoreline; reduce maintenance and capitol costs; provides shoreline protection from wave and ice damage; can be permitted through the Wisconsin DNR and Army Corp of Engineers permitting process; and can be aesthetically integrated into the shoreline. The multi-use limestone steps will serve as lake access to swimmers, canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and ice fishers. Other uses include picnicking, bird watching, additional seating, and providing a safe area to view the lake for those who may not be able to interact with the lakes in other ways.
The City is excited about this opportunity to provide additional lake access and looks forward to providing the neighborhood with increased, safer interactions with the lake. We appreciate the time residents have already taken to help shape the plan for the shoreline, and hope to begin construction in mid July.
The City held a public input meeting regarding this project on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Plans for this project were presented to the Board of Park Commissioners on April 5, 2017.  Click below to see the presentation to the Board of Park Commissioners.

Yahara Place Park Bulkhead Replacement Presentation to the Board of Park Commissioners.