TWO RIVERS, Wis. (WBAY) – The city of Two Rivers unveiled a new and improved downtown attraction on Friday.
A giant pair of scissors marked the end of a multi-year, $3 million project as officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Harbor Park.
“I think this is a huge symbol of the rebirth of Two Rivers waterfront,” said Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley. “We’re a community that was founded on these rivers, on the rich fishery on Lake Michigan.”
Thanks to federal, state and local grants, the city’s Harbor Park received a massive makeover. Gone is a 1908 water main running under the harbor and a badly deteriorating 1920’s seawall.
“The seawall itself was not that solid, but behind the seawall was even more dangerous,” said Two Rivers City Council President Patrick Gagnon. “The city was constantly dumping gravel and fill-in behind the seawall so that part of it is just a great improvement as far as the neighborhood goes. Plus we now have these beautiful concrete walkways.”
Along with providing its citizens with a much-needed infrastructure upgrade, the city says it’s also committed to becoming a more welcoming destination for recreational boaters on Lake Michigan.
“There are tie-ups here,” Buckley said. “There are power outlets, water outlets, sewer pump out station. There will be shower facilities available in the new pavilion building.”
The harbor redevelopment though is far from complete. Across the river, 12 acres of green space is up for debate where the former Fisher Hamilton factory operated for more than a century.
Buckley says while it’s sad the company left, it has allowed the city to refocus on a future centered around the water.
“Between our beach, our trails, improved waterfront area, redeveloping our downtown — because we still have that classic, traditional Wisconsin downtown — I think we are showing up on more people’s radar screens,” he said.