Bid for new downtown Chippewa Falls park accepted

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Plans for a new entrance to downtown Chippewa Falls are moving forward.

News 18 spoke with the Director of Public Works Rick Rubenzer Tuesday. He said the board unanimously approved a bid for the downtown Riverfront Gateway Park.

Heartland Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. came in under the original estimate, their bid was for a little more than $2 million. 

Next week the Chippewa Falls City Council will have the final say on green-lighting the project. If they approve it, Rubenzer said construction could start within the next few weeks.

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The entrance to downtown Chippewa Falls could soon be a little more inviting. 

Monday night the Board of Public Works will choose a bid to reconstruct this area and turn it into a park, the park will be called the Downtown Riverfront Gateway Park.

News 18 spoke with city planner, Jayson Smith, Monday, he said the downtown entrance to Chippewa Falls has been used a backdoor for more than 100 years and it's time for a change.

The plans call for improving access to the river and the park will feature a plaza area with fountains and pedestrian paths will weave through the park. There will also be many seating options, including one near a popular fishing area.

The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million. Construction would start this spring and would wrap up near the end of summer.

Once the Board of Public Works has approved a bid, the Common Council will give final approval, that could come as soon as their March 15 meeting.