East River Bank project another step toward riverfront reawakening
Next Monday, the City of Wisconsin Rapids will take another visible step forward toward revitalizing our Downtown Riverfront District: Contractor crews will begin work on Phase 1 of our River Bank Improvement Project.
Contractor crews will begin south of the Riverview Expressway and work their way north to downtown through the construction season. Completion of this phase of the overall riverbank improvement project is expected by September 28.
Work for the overall Riverbank Improvement Project primarily focuses on the East River Corridor, from Riverview Expressway to East Grand Avenue, and includes riverbank stabilization with rip rap, re-grading, and installation of a new kayak/canoe launch and shade structure in Demitz Park. An underbridge trail connection is being added so pedestrians and bicyclists may safely get between the north and south sides of the Riverview Expressway safely, as well as a trail along 2nd street from Mead Street north. Separately, a recreational trail will also get paved this summer along the 1st Street north corridor to Biron.
This first phase is part of our community’s overall vision to enhance and improve ways for residents, visitors and businesses to interact with public spaces along the Wisconsin River, our City’s most precious natural asset which began in 2013. Creating such a space is key to economic development: It is estimated that other Wisconsin communities that have enhanced their riverfront areas have seen an average of a $7 return on investment for every dollar put into such projects.
State of Wisconsin support for this Phase 1 East River Bank improvement comes from a grant of more than $700,000 from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. We are proud that the State has expressed its confidence in our plans for growth, development and prosperity in the Downtown Waterfront District. A vibrant central place not only benefits Wisconsin Rapids residents and visitors, but the broader region as a whole.
Weekly updates for the East River Bank project will be posted online at the City website, http://www.wirapids.org, under Public Works. For more information, call 715-421-8205.
Spring yard waste collection begins soon – do your part to help
Spring has arrived – and with it, the desire to get a fresh start on our lawns and surrounding property. City of Wisconsin Rapids Streets Department workers will help residents get started, but they need your help to make their work as efficient as possible.
City crews begin with a week of yard waste pickup, scheduled for May 14-21. To prepare for this pickup, have your yard waste bagged at the curb in front of your residence.
Then, throughout the spring and running through the middle of autumn, the City will make regular runs to pick up brush and trees during the last full workweek of each month. Again, you can help workers get the most out of their efforts, by piling your brush in a neat and orderly fashion, limited to maximum size of 4 feet high, six feet wide and 10 feet long.
See the full brush pickup schedule for 2018, here.
Crews will make only one trip through City neighborhoods on designated collection days. So, remember to have your waste and/or brush out and ready to collect on the Sunday prior to the week of pick up.
For more information, contact the Public Works Street Department at 715-421-8218.
Thank you for reading.
Mayor Zach Vruwink