A new park at the end of Ellis Street in Kewaunee is offering a fresh view of the Pierhead Lighthouse and easier access to the shoreline from Lakehaven Hall.
Stairs and a ramp have been cut into the side of the hill, and an anchor highlights a tribute and memorial to the crew of the barge Emerald, which sank off Kewaunee in 1886.
The park was recently featured on WBAY-TV Channel 2 in a story that can be found at this link:
A new park in the City of Kewaunee is yet another project on the shores of Lake Michigan. Members of the lighthouse park project hope it’s the start of a transformation in the city attracting residents and visitors to the lighthouse pier.
Jean Smith and her husband Donald, residents of Kewaunee, had a dream to see a park in Kewaunee, along the lakeshore of a city they loved. Their $100,000 donation is helping to make this possible.
“This was an area that was undeveloped, it was difficult to navigate, but what it did, is it tied our downtown to our pier head lighthouse, so through a paver program we were trying to earn more money for the lighthouse we were talking and things just came together,” said Robin Nelson, Lighthouse Committee Chairperson for the City of Kewaunee.
Nelson said the park, which is expected to be done within the next few weeks, will be a place to walk, meditate, or eat your lunch.
Development of public space at the end of Ellis Street was one of the goals of the waterfront plan drafted last winter by a special city committee facilitated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp.
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