Ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to mark completion of Pike River Phase II Restoration Project | Local News

In addition, approximately three-quarters of a mile of new trails have been developed to provide the general public with access to the Pike River Corridor in the area, including fishing and non-motorized watercraft use. The playground in area no.4 is to be relocated to a new location west of the river outside the floodplain as part of the district’s budget for 2022.

The restoration is intended to help improve the water quality, habitat and ecological function of the Pike River and its riparian zone inside and outside Petrifying Springs Park, project supporters said.

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This project was funded with multi-stakeholder support including a $ 1 million grant from the EPA / Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a $ 350,000 grant for Lake Michigan, a $ 50,000 grant for the Wisconsin DNR River Protection, and revenue from the Petrifying Springs beer garden and Boundless Adventures outdoor adventure park in Bristol.

A turkey named “Carl” is walking down Pershing Boulevard on Thursday, October 7, 2021.


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“More restoration work has been done per mile on the Pike River than any other major river in Wisconsin, and the centerpiece of that massive effort lies here in Petrifying Springs Park,” said Vicki Elkin, executive director of the Fund for Lake Michigan. “This project has had a tremendous positive impact on water quality and water types upstream and downstream of the river.

“We applaud Kenosha County’s commitment to being a great steward of Wisconsin’s natural resources,” she said.

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