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Skiff Updates Residents, Advisory Park Board On Master Plan


The Lakeside Park Master Plan was approved, in principle, months ago by the Fond du Lac City Council. The plans called for the rehab of the Pavilion building to start shortly after Walleye Weekend. City of Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff updated the public and the Advisory Park Board Monday evening at their monthly meeting. And while most agree that a renovation of the Pavilion is a good thing, other pieces to the Lakeside Park Master Plan are not being met with open arms. 

A major sticking point appears to be with the proposed multi-purpose building which is tentatively planned to be located in the current Lighthouse circle area. The plans call for a meeting area, an exhibit area, restrooms and, if approved, a restaurant operated by a private entity. Betty Trent of Fond du Lac, told KFIZ news that she’s not in favor it. She thinks having a restaurant within Lakeside Park will prove detrimental to other restaurants near the Park. Jane Puddy Riccio also told KFIZ News that she has a simple message for the City Council. "Leave the Lighthouse area alone. Expand food trucks, put a skating rink on Oven Island, expand the Pavilion, leave the rest alone. Call it a day."

While it appears the final plans on what will or won’t be at Lakeside Park are months from being done, it’s obvious the discussions on what people want and don’t want, will continue for months as well. 

Comments 5
One eye walleye commented on 30-Jun-2020 08:31 AM3 out of 5 stars
How can we start the rehab if it was supposed to be after Walleye Weekend? Ya canceled Walleye Weekend and a big justifying reason why this renovation should occur.
keep lakeside park green commented on 30-Jun-2020 09:43 AM3 out of 5 stars
The investors are really not interested in what the public has to say. My way or the highway. There is not enough space for the multi-purpose building with parking near the lighthouse.
Ditto commented on 30-Jun-2020 11:17 AM3 out of 5 stars
Leave the beautiful area around the lighthouse alone!!!
leave things alone commented on 30-Jun-2020 04:38 PM3 out of 5 stars
Leave the park alone, don't commercialize it
Scared mom commented on 30-Jun-2020 05:54 PM3 out of 5 stars
I hear the Lighthouse is going to have a big BLM painted on it! I saw it on Facebook.

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