Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Continuing ongoing efforts to combat erosion and shifting land on the bluff overlooking Atwater Beach, village officials approved a $24,995 contract Monday for restoration work.
Continuing its ongoing efforts to combat erosion and shifting land on the bluff overlooking Atwater Beach, the Village Board approved a $24,995 contract Monday for restoration work. The village spent nearly $1 million for work over the summer in 2011 to stabilize the bluff after torrential rains caused severe erosion. An access road for service and emergency vehicles and boardwalk were also built during the work. This spring, Marek Landscaping, the contractor hired by the village, will do maintenance, including invasive plant species management, on portions of the bluff where work occurred in 2011 and further grow the dune grasses introduced at the base of the bluff, two years ago. Marek will also manage public tours to be offered this …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan, will go toward first ridding the bluff of invasive plant species and installing new plants. It will mark the start of a long-term native costal dune/beach, wetland and upland restoration project at Atwater.
A local grant awarded to Shorewood this week will supplement budgeted monies allocated toward restoration of the bluff overlooking Atwater Beach. The grant for $16,100 from the Fund for Lake Michigan, administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, will, in part, go toward first ridding the bluff of invasive plant species and installing new plants, followed by continuous maintenance to ensure the invasive species don't return, Village Manager Chris Swartz said. The Fund for Lake Michigan seeks projects that focus on habitat preservation and restoration and reducing pollutants in the watersheds of Southeastern Wisconsin. The bluff work is the start of a larger, long-term native costal dune/beach, wetland and upland restoration project, …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The village staffed the beach with lifeguards for much of the summer, but a $10,000 contract with Milwaukee County for the service has ended. Shorewood asks swimmers use caution when using the beach.
Atwater Beach is still open for beach-goers and swimmers, but lifeguards are no longer on duty. The village staffed the beach with lifeguards for much of the summer, but a $10,000 contract with Milwaukee County for the service has ended. Shorewood asks swimmers use caution when using the beach.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Three pieces of playground equipment are open for business on Atwater Beach, attracting local children and beach-goers.
New amenties at Atwater Beach including a a double arch swing similar to a tire swing; an oval net structure for climbing; and a merry-go-round type structure, are open for business. The equipment was co-funded by citizens group Friends of Atwater Beach (FAB) and the Shorewood Foundation.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The rescheduled fireworks show went off without a hitch Saturday night, as part of the annual beach party hosted by Friends of Atwater Beach.
The community gathered in Atwater Beach Saturday for the Friends of Atwater Beach's annual beach party and in anticpation of Shorewood's rescheduled fireworks show. Local bands Dukster, Fred Bliffert & the Atwater Beach Blues Band, and Lil' Debbie and the Tone Gods rocked the park while partygoers enjoyed barbecue and drinks. The fireworks show went off without a hitch, mesmerizing a packed crowd.
Monday, August 6, 2012
A look at this week's local events and news.
Here's a look at what's coming up this week in Shorewood. If we're missing something, please add it to the calendar. FAB Atwater Beach party, fireworks — In addition a rescheduled show of Shorewood's Fourth of July firework, the beach party on Saturday, organized by local community group Friends of Atwater Beach, will offer $6 plates of barbecue, live music from local bands Dukster, Fred Bliffert & the Atwater Beach Blues Band, and Lil' Debbie and the Tone Gods and Big Bay Brewing beer on tap. The party kicks off at 3 p.m. at Atwater Beach, intersection of East Capitol Drive and North Lake Drive. National Night Out — In lieu of a block party, this year the Shorewood Police Department is opening will open its doors to the public at 3936 N. …
Monday, July 16, 2012
John Gurda will discuss how Milwaukee's "stellar — and much-endangered — park system" has evolved over decades at the Hubbard Park Lodge 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Milwaukee County holds 15,000 acres of public green space, but it wasn’t always that way, says Milwaukee historian John Gurda. Gurda will give a talk on the evolution of Milwaukee’s “stellar — and much-endangered — park system from the days of tiny public squares and private beer gardens to the abundant challenges of the present." The event starts at 6 p.m. at Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 N. Morris Blvd. There will also be updates on Milwaukee River and Atwater Beach projects. Coffee and light hors d’oeuvres will be available at a cash bar. RSVP is required. Contact Kae DonLevy at 414.588.0617 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gurda's talk is part of the Shorewood Waters Project, which seeks to address “non-point” sources of pollution or harmful substances…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Friends of Atwater Beach and the Shorewood Foundation will pay $65,000 for the playground equipment project. A beach party, with the equipment installed, is scheduled for June 23.
Friends of Atwater Beach and the Shorewood Foundation committed $65,000 for playground equipment at the beach, and Monday the Village Board approved an agreement among the two groups and the village to accept the money and apply it to the project. The cost of the project includes installation, design and landscaping. The equipment is manufactured by Canada-based Elephant Play and would be installed by Play Focused Solutions, a local company. Much of the deliberation during the Village Board meeting focused on the language in the agreement. As trustees voiced their concerns with the terms of the agreement, Village Manager Chris Swartz and Village attorney Ray Pollen took note. One of the themes of the concern was the village's liability …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Lifeguards will staff the beach from June 16 to Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, under an agreement with Milwaukee County.
After being closed last summer for construction, Atwater Beach will be available this season to beach-goers with lifeguards on duty. In an agreement with Milwaukee County, the beach will be staffed with lifeguard service from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. A tentative start and end date of June 16 to Aug. 18 was set by village officials on Monday. Shorewood is staffing the beach for about $10,000. The original cost was $16,000, but the village had about $6,000 left over from last year when the beach was closed for bluff stabilization work. Trustees and members of a local citizens group, Friends of Atwater Beach, said expanding lifeguard service later into August might be something to look at. But, Village Manager Chris Swartz said …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
After two hours of debate, and a failed motion to move forward with the playground upgrades, Shorewood officials agreed to look to a consultant for answers on the impact of new playground equipment on the bluff and beach.
It took two hours of heated discussion, but Shorewood trustees decided Monday night to conduct a study of the impact of a slide on the bluff above Atwater Beach and playground at the end of the beach’s boardwalk. A village subcommittee and Friends of Atwater Beach, at an earlier meeting, proposed several new amenities at the beach: a slide hugging the bluff down to the beach; a double arch swing similar to a tire swing; an oval net structure for climbing; and a merry-go-round type structure. Ann McKaig, a member of the village Parks Commission subcommittee, said Monday night the slide is actually 25 feet long, not the 38 feet originally believed. The upgrades include a stone steps alongside the slide to get back to the top. Officials …