Construction at Washington St. Park underway, starts soon at Campion Landing

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Employees of Linden Construction of Linden, work on the new kayak and canoe rental building in Washington Street Park Tuesday morning. The new building is part of the $175,197 Washington Street Park improvement project.

By Ted Pennekamp

The river has gone down enough so that construction has begun on the Washington Street Park improvement project. The lower river level also means that the Campion Street Boat Landing project will also soon begin.
The primary contractor for both projects is Rule Construction of Dodgeville. The Washington Street Park project will cost $175,197 and the Campion Street Boat Landing project will cost $238,694 for a total of $413,891. City funds will pay for $195,141.55 while funds from other sources will be $218,749.45.

The Washington Street Park project will include a new 10-foot-wide gravel trail running along the Mississippi River from just north of Washington Street to just south of the Cedar Street Boat Landing, a canoe-kayak-storage-rental building, a rain garden next to the parking lot, three new 5-foot-wide sidewalks to provide access to various facilities in the park, a paved parking lot, a fishing pier, a stepped boulder wall-fishing area and a canoe and kayak dock-launch.
Boat launch fees will pay for $18,500 of the project. A DNR Stewardship Grant of $83,848.50 was awarded. The American Canoe Association-LL Bean donated $1,000. The Prairie du Chien Foundation donated $1,000. The Iowa Bass Federation donated $1,000. Tax Incremental Districts 4, 5 and 6 provided $16,000. The Cabela’s Employee Fundraising Group raised $30,848.50. Capital Budget funds of $23,000 will also go towards the $175,197 project.

From north to south, the Campion Street Boat Landing project calls for a green space area with possible picnic tables, next would be a new boat launch with a dock, next are the two existing boat launches, then there would be a small open space. The existing storm water ditch will be improved to provide for better drainage. A canoe and kayak launch area and a new handicapped accessible fishing pier will be in the sandy area just north of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The parking lot will be expanded to the north.

A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Grant was $41,026.75. A DNR Recreational Boating Facilities Grant was $60,025.70. Boat launch fees of $137,641.55 will pay for the balance of the $238,694 Campion Street Boat Landing project.

For every dollar the city invested in these two projects, it received $1.12 in funding from other sources.

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