Public Meeting Held On Restoration Of Swan Park Lagoons

(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam are hoping to revitalize the city’s oldest park. The proposed 20-year master plan for Swan Park would be broken up into multiple phases for budgeting purposes and also to allow the public to weigh in on potential design changes. Phase One designs related to the rehabilitation and revitalization of the two lagoons were on display for public viewing Thursday.

Raine Gardner is the Senior Project Engineer with MSA Professional Services Gardner says their design firm wants to highlight the anchor structures of the area, including the band shell, the spring house shelter, and the lagoons.  She says the lagoons historically had a more open, natural interface which is something they have included in their design since they were brought on to the project in 2019.

Both proposed designs incorporate the replacement of retaining walls around the lagoon as well as the inclusion of natural embankments to allow the public access to the waters edge. Other design ideas include the addition of a rock waterfall on the island in the west lagoon and replacing the current fountain in the west lagoon with a new aeration fountain.

The current price tag for Phase One restoration is set at $445-thousand dollars, including $65-thousand for engineering services. Additional public meetings are planned, and city officials are encouraging feedback from the public in future designs.