Beaver Dam Council Approves Contractor To Repair Lagoon Walls At Swan Park

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved the hiring of a contractor to repair the sagging lagoon walls at the city’s oldest park.  

Janke General Contractors of Athens will perform the work at Swan Park for a cost of $968-thousand dollars. Preliminary estimates for the project were estimated at around a $770-thousand-dollars, including engineering.  

A $183-thousand dollar shortfall was covered by monies left over from another project at Swan Park: the replacement of the aging wading pool with a splash pad. The city borrowed $1.4-million dollars but the bids for the splash pad came in at $1.7-million. However, the city was recently awarded an $850-thousand dollar DNR grant.  

Alderman Ken Anderson was among those voting against the project saying that unnecessary features like the waterfall should be cut out to bring the funding in line with estimates. Council President Chris Olson noted that as the city’s oldest park, Swan Park is also the face of the city attracting people from all over.  

The project includes the replacement of the retaining walls around the lagoon as well as the inclusion of natural embankments. The lagoon walls are Phase One of a proposed 20-year master plan for Swan Park that is being broken up into multiple phases.