Community Update – Riverbank Project Preview at Lunch by the River, City of Wisconsin Rapids Fourth of July Display

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Riverbank Project Preview at Lunch by the River

I’m pleased to share an update and another opportunity to engage in our Riverbank Design Project! Earlier this month, we kicked off the idea-sharing and information gathering process, with a Nightseeing event– which saw us exploring and discovering the downtown and Wisconsin River, to set the stage for future nighttime design.  As we mark the second month since the inception of the work and initial site visit from our East Riverbank design consultant Supermass Studio, another site visit is underway. Since the time, marked progress has been made in bringing renewed life to Wisconsin Rapids’ waterfront public spaces!

veterans-memorial-parkNow, to show the progress made, I am excited to invite our residents to experience a preview of our City’s waterfront future, at this Thursday’s Lunch by the River, July 2, where Supermass Studio, our riverfront design consultant, will share early concepts.

The concepts will include the overall programming and planning framework of the riverbank public space between the Wisconsin Rapids dam and Riverview Expressway/Demitz Park; as well as more detailed concept designs of Legion Park, Mead Rapids View Park, Veterans Memorial Park, the east & west riverbank south of Grand Avenue bridge.

All are invited to ask questions and to offer your thoughts and suggestions.

Please join us at Veterans Memorial Park this Tomorrow, during 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. to preview first hand the work by our consultant, and of course, for Lunch by the River!

Wisconsin Rapids Fireworks Display

 This Saturday, July 4, marks the return of the popular City of Wisconsin Rapids Fourth of July Independece Day Fireworks Display – widely recognized as one of the most unique, colorful and explosive shows in the entire State. The show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m., along the shores of the beautiful Wisconsin River, in Downtown Rapids.

This year’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display will be choreographed to music on local radio station WLJY 105.5; and members of the Teen Fireworks Committee, who diligently work to raise all the money to put on this event, have the richly deserved honor of launching the show with the ceremonial lighting of the first shot.

The show may be viewed along most of the riverbank, except for the launch zone on the western bank of the river, from the foot of the Grand Avenue Bridge to south of the Moravian Church.IMG_7266 Combined with other activities that bring our City to life during the July Fourth holiday period, the Fireworks Display brings our community together and helps pull in many out-of-town visitors each year – so it’s important to plan ahead.

For more information on logistics and safety reminders, visit:  https://local.nixle.com/alert/5440498/?sub_id=535825.

Have a safe and enjoyable Independece Day celebration!

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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