Friends of Potawatomi have an exciting project in the works for 2019!*

When I joined the Friends of Potawatomi State Park Board as President, at our first meeting, we were asked by the DNR to assist in raising funds to replace the previous all accessible fishing pier, which had been destroyed in a Fall storm. A permanent structure was decided on and we moved forward. We enlisted the help of the Door County Community Foundation for our part of the fundraising. We have raised enough money for the DNR to start the planning process, design and getting actual bids. I recently asked the DNR engineer in charge of this project, for a progress report. He responded: “The pier project consulting engineer tells me that the bathometric survey (lake bottom mapping) is complete, and they have been talking with a supplier who could provide the in-water foundation system for the pier foundation. We want a solid foundation system that will last for decades. The consultant has also been working with the soil testing firm to schedule the barge and soils testing rig. The in-water soils testing is weather dependent (we need calm seas for several days), so we don’t have an exact date when this work will be completed. Once the engineers have the soils report, they can complete the preliminary design and prepare the report for the State Building Commission (SBC) for project approvals. The next SBC meetings scheduled for February and April 2019. After SBC approval, we move into final design and construction plans preparation. We should have contractor bids by early summer, and pier and foundation system fabrication in mid to late summer. Construction should move fairly quickly once everything is in place, so our plan is to have the ribbon cutting in fall 2019.”
Assuming that the bids come in close to the initial projection and we can raise another $40,000 (we are currently at $80,000), we should have a pier accessible to all by Fall 2019! We have had several large donations (ThiryO’Leary Foundation, Packers Foundation, Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary) and lots of small donations including ones from the Girl Scouts and Youth Rotary. Memorials, one-time gifts, cash in the Friends donation all adds up and we are very thankful. We appreciate all the help to make this important a project a reality. 
Scott Bader President, Friends of Potawatomi State Park

*Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Spring 2019 Newsletter