The Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Committee on Tuesday will consider a request to build a boat launch at Red River Park, but supporters of the idea would have to overcome opposition from the county’s department head.
Red River Park is on the sliver of the county shoreline on the bay of Green Bay, an approximately three-mile stretch from Dyckesville to the Door County line. Most of the effort in recent years has been upgrading a playground and baseball/softball complex at the park, largely supported by the Dyckesville Lions Club.
Dave Myers, Promotions & Recreation director, cites space and safety concerns in his report to the committee recommending denial of the boat launch request.
“During ball games and busy days/weekends, there are large amounts of people using the park,” Myers said. “We can’t imagine any scenario where backing boats and trailers into the water during these times, much less finding a parking space, would be safe, especially since the [proposed] launch is located across from the playground site.”
The county would need to make major changes to Red River Park to incorporate a proper boat launch to separate park users from vehicular traffic, Myers said.
Other matters on the committee’s agenda include the Bruemmer Park Zoo master plan and progress at Winter Park, where the old tow rope system is being installed at the bunny hill, now that the “Magic Carpet” is transporting visitors to the main tubing hill, and the Winter Park Association is building a new storage building this summer.
The Promotion & Recreation Committee is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Highway Department Conference Room, E4280 County Road F, Kewaunee.