Those who were worried the new Chippewa Riverfront park with all of its amenities would simply flood come spring needn’t fear — its designers have thought about that.

SEH representative Tim Markos, who works for the firm designing the park, presented plans detailing four main areas of Phase II of the downtown park. When it comes to the stage area near the river, he eased Council members concerns about flooding.

“The stage will be right above the elevation of the highest we recorded water coming into the area last year,” Markos said. “All electrical components will be above the 100-year flood elevations.”

The proposed stage, which is 35 feet by 45 feet wide, will have the ability for entertainers to connect into the city’s power source. It sits three feet above the walkway and will have handicap accessible ramps.

In addition to the entertainment stage, Phase II also includes a Bay Street plaza with a restroom facility and maintenance building for the parks department. It will also expand the fountain area.

The Bay Street plaza entrance will have access to the restrooms, donor walls and connections to existing trails. They are also looking at creating picnic shelters for families and organizations to hold gatherings.

Markos said the proposed elements are roughly at the originally projected $2 million total, which is being raised through donations via the Current Campaign.

If the funds are raised, Markos said construction could begin — weather depending — this spring, with the goal of completing the stage and Bay Street plaza by the fall. He hopes the maintenance facility and public restrooms would be completed in that time frame, but if need be, those could wait.

All in favor

The City Council approved the special use permit for up to two tiny houses to be located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls.

After a public hearing at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 Council meeting in which around 20 people showed up to support the tiny houses, the Council unanimously approved the ordinance.

They were also all in favor of a resolution approving a certified survey map in the Lake Wissota Business Park.

The map creates a 72-acre lot in the business park for a possible tenant.

The council also met in closed session to discuss Tax Increment District No. 14 regarding a developer’s agreement in the business park.


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