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Biron celebrates opening of new Gateway Park

Posted on 08/26/2016 12:35 PM

Village President Jon Evenson and Elizabeth Norquist of the DNR cut the ribbon at Gateway Park.
Village President Jon Evenson and Elizabeth Norquist of the DNR cut the ribbon at Gateway Park.

The Village of Biron, MSA,  Earth, Inc. and Janke Construction celebrated the opening of the new Gateway Park, located on the Wisconsin River. City officials and residents participated in a recent ribbon cutting ceremony.

The project also includes the construction of the South Biron Drive and Cranberry Creek Trail.

Grants Obtained
MSA worked with the Village to obtain a Community Development Block Grant for $500,000 and a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant of $230,287 to help fund the project. The total construction project cost was $2,381,000.

MSA Project Manager Dan Borchardt, P.E., said, “The journey for this project started in 2012 and the collaboration that has led to this date has resulted in quality infrastructure that will be an asset for the Village of Biron and its residents.”

Pictured in the photo above, from left to right, are: Village Clerk Anne Arndt; Public Works & Water Superintendent Bill Vruwink; Dan Borchardt, PE, MSA project manager; Village President Jon Evenson; Elizabeth Norquist, WDNR Grant specialist/community financial assistant; and Trustees June Siegler, Tammy Steward, Bob Walker, Mark Honkomp, Susan Carlson, and Dan Muleski.

Improvements include the first phase of a multi-use Gateway Trail, fishing piers, observation points, canoe and kayak launching area and public parking. Two handicap accessible fishing/observation docks and an information kiosk also are part of the facility. 

The new trail will connect South Biron Drive with Kahoun Road by traversing cross-country along Cranberry Creek. It also connects to the Ahdawagam Trails from Wisconsin Rapids.

Before construction of the park, there was only one public boat landing and one other community park. The Village recognized the need for more recreational amenities.

Recreational Benefits
Now, City of Biron residents and visitors have long-awaited waterfront access. 

The new park also: offers safe, river-based recreational opportunities for local/regional residents as well as visitors; supports the region’s tourism industry; and creates multiple-seasonal outdoor recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, hiking, and biking.

Gateway Park fulfills one of the implementation goals of the Village's Outdoor Recreationl Plan created by MSA. Future plans call for expansion of the existing multi-use trail system to connect Biron from one end to another.

Earth, Inc., Arpin, Wis., and Janke Construction, Athens, Wis., were the general contractors for the project. Construction began in 2015 and was completed in 2016.

For information, contact Dan Borchardt. 


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