After more than three decades of going untouched...Levee
park in Winona could get a major update.
A comimittee finalized their plan for the park earlier
News 8's Keely Arthur takes a closer look at the proposal.
CHAIR, LEVEE REVITILIZATION
Created in the 19-th century...Winona's Riverside
Park...now known as Levee park was a special community
landmark for years.
Winona had the prettiest riverside park.
But it was reconstructed after the 1965 flood...and
They were more concerned about function than beauty
In an effort to return Levee park back to its former
glory...a committee has come up with a multimillion
dollar revitalization plan.
We see this a perfect opportunity.
The committee says their top priorities are electrical
upgrades, improvements to seating and walkways.
And the addition of a large performance center.
We want to build something that's iconic, that when
you look from the river you see it.
it's going to be a pavilion type setting with an overhang
that will provide shade, that will have shade, and
accommodate 750 people.
The committee is also focused on creating a space
that will easily attract outsiders to the community.
We are going to have a 12 foot wide pedestrian bike
trail with two outlooks 15 by 50 that are going to
bring a lot of people from the Wisconsin trails, the
Officials say now the park will be a combination of
beauty and function.
There is a lot of engineering that a part of this
process because you have a levee wall.
While Winona Mayor Mark Peterson admits that there
has been a lot of conflicting opinions from community
members over how to handle the updates...he says they
can all agree on one thing.
I think there is a strong consensus that fixing up
our levee park is a good thing for our community.
The total cost of the project is about three million
dollars..the city has already set aside 100-grand
in the 2015 budget for the park.
If all goes to plan...The Levee park revitilization
committee says they hope to have the park completed