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

Green Lake Renewal joined the 3/50 Project 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 Holiday Cheer Here" campaign to remind shoppers to keep their Holiday shopping local. Shoppers earn a raffle ticket for every $20 they spend for a chance to win Chamber gift certificates.

"Shop Summer Solstice" is a similar campaign run each June 1 through June 21. Shoppers support participating downtown businesses for a chance to win BIG!

PUBLIC INFORMATION KIOSK & TOUCH SCREEN

Realizing that there was a need for an information kiosk downtown, Green Lake Renewal 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!  Thank you Amy Arnetveit of Fusion Creative with the touch screen software.

DEACON MILLS WHARF PROJECT

Green Lake Renewal'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.

Green Lake Renewal 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,Green Lake Renewal helped the Farmer's Market move to Friday late afternoons and grow with more vendors, music and food. The Farmer's Market provides a reason for people to come to town for fresh, organic goods and other treats.

Fridays Memorial Day through October

3-7 PM

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 Green Lake Renewal, 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, "The Lure of the Lake" is delivered to nearly 75 lakeside homes. Written and edited by Wendy Schultz, this mini-newspaper takes 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

Green Lake Renewal 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. The final Phase 4 brick orders were placed April 15, 2014 and will be installed summer 2014.