Section 2 includes the reconstruction of the boardwalk. To accommodate space for the boardwalk, the current two-way traffic in the parking areas south of the boardwalk is shown to be changed to one-way traffic. This eliminates a driving lane allowing for more public gathering space. Along the length of the boardwalk, 10 “bump outs” are shown to facilitate areas for people to stop and enjoy Fowler Lake. Many different style amenities could be placed in the bump outs (umbrella tables, benches, chairs, etc). A pier has also been shown that could connect to the boardwalk extension in Section 1. This land-to-land connection is allowable if boat navigation is still possible on the lake inside of the pier connections. To accommodate this, a series of steps is shown which allows canoes and kayaks to traverse under the pier. At the end of the pier, an open air shade structure is shown for consideration.
Section 3 still shows an active boat launch area. A larger pier area for the boat launch needs is shown. Also shown is a potential canoe / kayak launch area. Improved trail routes and an improved park area is shown. Parking is still a priority, and the traveling lanes have been reduced to one-way traffic to accommodate better use of the space (in all Sections, about 5 parking spaces has been lost with the Concept as shown). A future consideration of a natural shoreline improvement of Section 3 is also a consideration to better facilitate lake habitat. Access to the St. Paul School parking lot with consideration of drop off and pick up needs is accommodated as well.
Upon completion of the public comment period (Deadline February 25, 2016), Stantec and City Staff will develop a final concept plan to include cost estimates. The Parks & Recreation Board as well as the Common Council will evaluate the final concept / cost estimates and determine the next step of the project. Stantec will then create the final bidding and construction documents for public bidding. Goal is to begin construction in fall of 2016 or spring of 2017.
Section 2 of the project is scheduled for implementation in 2016. Donations from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Oconomowoc Area Foundation, and a grant through the Waukesha County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program have made this signature project a reality. The Common Council has also budget funds to assist with the completion of section 2.