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City receives grant for Mary Park boat launch reconstruction

The city of New Richmond has secured a Recreational Boating Facilities grant in the amount of $37,602 towards the reconstruction of the boat launch at Mary Park. The grant is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

City of New Richmond staff applied for the grant in January. After a detailed review by the DNR, staff presented in April to the Wisconsin Waterways Commission, which voted to award the full grant amount requested. The grant covers 50 percent of the estimated engineering and construction costs. The project must be completed before June 30, 2020 per the grant conditions.

"The Willow River is a very important resource to New Richmond and the surrounding area, and we hope that reconstructing the boat launch at Mary Park will improve public safety and further promote outdoor recreation opportunities in our community," said City Management Analyst Noah Wiedenfeld.

The existing boat launch facility, located at the east end of Mary Park, was installed several decades ago and provides access to the New Richmond Flowage of the Willow River, often referred to as the Widespread. Depending on the direction of the Park Board and City Council, it's possible that engineering work for the new launch facility could begin as soon as Fall 2018, with construction occurring in Summer 2019.