Jan. 15, 2016
Menasha Lock Site Public Visioning Workshop
Sat., January 23, 2016 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
Menasha Public Library
Lower Level “Company E” Room 440 1st St, Menasha, WI
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(KAUKAUNA, WIS.) Jan. 15, 2016 – The public is invited to a visioning workshop that will cover topics associated with planning for the future re-use of the former Menasha Lock Guard House site, a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the lock. Residents of the immediate area have been invited as well as elected and public officials. The Fox River Navigational System Authority, the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and the Post-Crescent are hosting the event.
The City of Menasha’s Comprehensive Plan currently calls for this site and most of the riverfront along Water Street to be part of a mixed-use commercial core. Residents will participate in a program to include:
10:00 a.m.— Welcome / Background
10:15 a.m.— Group Exercises
11:30 a.m.— Reporting & Wrap Up
12:00 Noon— Adjourn
Together, residents and city officials will explore neighborhood identity and access, the Menasha lock’s connection in the region and in the immediate community, and complementary land use options. Regional planners will also discuss how the lock area my anchor and catalyze future riverfront and downtown development opportunities in the area.
The Menasha Lock has been operated continually from the 1850s to the present. Major reconstruction occurred in the 1970s when steel gates were added and in 2004, the Fox River Navigational System Authority was established by the State to revive the system. Today, the Menasha Lock has become a featured landmark in the system located next to the popular Fox Cities Trestle – Friendship Trail.