City: DNR provides preliminary approval for beach permits at Bay Beach

Bay Beach in Green Bay, September 25, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The effort to bring a beach back to Bay Beach Amusement Park has taken a step forward.

The city reports the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has tentatively determined to issue permits for the beach and a wildlife viewing platform. First, a public input period must take place.

So far, the city has received $250,000 in grants to bring the beach back.

The beach would extend along the park's east end, with a boardwalk going out approximately 400 to 500 feet into the bay.

Mayor Jim Schmitt has said the approximate construction cost for the project is between $1 million and $3 million. He believes that money will mostly be privately raised, with some coming from people who remember the days of swimming at Bay Beach, more than 70 years ago.

In a press release, the city writes, “We await the conclusion of the comment period, and look forward to the next steps from the DNR.”

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