Revitalization Projects

DEACON MILLS PARK STEPS

What was once a steep incline is now a flight of stairs complete with handrails to make entrance to Deacon Mills park so much easier. Thanks to Josie Sullivan and Stagg Builders we were able to make this happen.

SHOP SMALL PROMOTIONS

The Renewal Project joined the 3/50 movement across America to support locally owned and operated businesses. Introduced a few years ago, we have been diligently helping create awareness as to how important supporting small shops are to the local economy.  We provide shops with "Shop Small Stores" green buttons to hand to customers.

In November of 2012 we started the "Keep the Cheer Here" campaign to remind shoppers to keep their Holiday shopping local. The promotion rewarded shoppers by entering them in a weekly drawing for a gift certificate to a local restaurant–further supporting the economy in Green Lake.  

For the Summer Solstice event hosted by our Chamber of Commerce, we have also initiated "Shop Summer Solstice" with the same premise - every $20 spent in the shops earns a raffle ticket, but only for that day. Three gift certificates for local restaurants are drawn before "Howl at the Moon" contest.

PUBLIC INFORMATION KIOSK

Realizing that there was a need for an information kiosk downtown, the Renewal Project approached Garrett Andrews, a Boy Scout from Green Lake Troop 630, who worked with Mike and Julie Jankowski of Jankowski Construction to build this unit. It was finished late summer 2012 and a touch screen monitor was installed summer 2013 providing residents and tourists with event postings, Green Lake history, maps and more! 

DEACON MILLS WHARF PROJECT

The Renewal Project's largest project to date was the Deacon Mills Wharf Project. A survey of all residents and second home owners showed us how important it was to have access to and from Big Green and downtown, thus the dream of a new wharf at Dartford Bay began.

We heard what you said, and we were determined to address this much needed improvement to downtown Green Lake's waterfront. Together with the City's Park & Rec Committee we raised in excess of the $250,000 needed. Now complete, the Deacon Mills Park is a gem in our downtown with a 270' boardwalk, commemorative brick sidewalk, picnic tables, beautiful landscaping and soft lighting.

The Renewal Project is grateful and thanks the following contractors who helped make this Deacon Mills Wharf dream a reality: Johnston Pile Driving, Ripon Electric, Outdoor Impact, Bloch's Farm, and a special thank you to Glen McCarty, the City's Public Works Director, who has been invaluable in moving this project forward smoothly. Read more…

FARMER'S MARKET

Partnering with the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Renewal Project helped the Farmer's Market grow with more vendors, music and food. Now on Fridays from 3-7 p.m. in Playground Park, the Farmer's Market provides a reason for people to come to town for fresh, organic goods and other treats.

NORTH BAY SPORT & LIQUOR FACADE

Through designated donations, North Bay Sport & Liquor facade has seen enhancements with a fresh coat of paint and signage.

MILL STREET SIDEWALK & RAILINGS

With the help of the Renewal Project, the City of Green Lake reconstructed the Mill Street sidewalk, to be a safe and handicap-accessible walkway.

 

DEACON MILLS ICE RINK

The Deacon Mills Ice Skating Rink was created on Dartford Bay, nearly surrounded by the new Wharf. Volunteers worked diligently to maintain the ice, hang lights, construct a warming house and collect donated skates. Read more…

MARINE MAIL ROUTE - LURE OF THE LAKE

Bringing back a time-honored tradition to Green Lake, this summer we saw 10 weeks of “mail” delivery to 50 lakeshore properties. The Lure of the Lake, written and edited by Wendy Schultz, took an historic look at Green Lake through interviews with area residents reminiscing about bygone days as well as creating a vehicle for area businesses to "lure" residents into town for discounts or specials.

COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PROGRAM

Renewal Project initiated a Commemorative Brick Program to create a beautiful path alongside the Deacon Mills Wharf and using the funds for further improvements to the park and other downtown areas. This program provides an opportunity for everyone to have a piece of history while helping improve the town they love. In 2012, over 500 engraved bricks were installed with 84 engraved bricks installed in 2013. Phase 4 brick orders are due April 15, 2014 and will be installed later in the year.