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East River and Fox River trails will meet

By Lee Reinsch

GREEN BAY – The East River Trail and Fox River Trail will finally meet, after years of living practically next door to each other.

Green Bay Parks Department Director Dan Ditscheit made the announcement about the trail connection at the State of the Olde Main Street District event March 5 at the Art Garage.

“It’s exciting news,” Ditscheit said. “You’ll see signs of construction of some segments this fall.”

There’s a stretch of roughly a mile forming a gap in trail connectivity between the start of the Fox River Trail at North

Quincy Street and the end of the Cora Vanderperren Trail/East River Greenway at Baird Street.

The new portion connecting the two will have a public-access canoe and kayak launch north of Main on Saint George Street.

An urban plaza with outdoor art, ornate lighting, seating overlooking the East River and sculptural elements will anchor the riverbank along Main Street between Baird and North Irwin streets.

An open shelter could figure into the mix, as well.

Work on the canoe and kayak launch will start this fall.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will build the trail, Ditscheit said.

Funding is coming from $200,000 the city received in Natural Resources Damage Assessment funds, plus $275,000 in city match funds.

To mark the 100th birthday of the Green Bay Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, 100 pillars made of ash trees that were cut down to stem the spread of the emerald ash borer will be positioned in a sculptural formation, Ditscheit said.

“It’s still in very conceptual stages,” he said. “We’re still hoping to find funding for that.”

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