Bernie's Beach Park

Bernie's Beach Park
Address: 901 Gilson St.
Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
Park Type:> Mini
Acres: 1.17
Restroom: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Shoreline On: Monona Bay

Park History

A memorial at the park reads:
BERNIE'S BEACH
Bernie Holtman Park, commonly known as Bernie's Beach, was dedicated in 1981. It was previously known as South Shore Beach and, before that, Gilson Street Beach. From 1945 until his death in 1980, Bernard Julius Holtman was the owner of Bernie's Grocery, located a few blocks away. A popular place for children to stop on their way to the beach, the store was also the information hub of the neighborhood. Holtman was active in the South Side Men's Club, as a long-time member, Treasurer, and President.

 

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