In late 2015, the Village of Weston began construction on a new canoe/kayak access location along the Eau Claire River, immediately adjacent to the Ross Avenue Bridge, on the corner of Ross Avenue and Babl Lane.
“I am really excited about this project. This idea was developed collaboratively with my team of Department Directors shortly after I came to the Village,” said Weston Administrator Daniel Guild. “This project is a true community partnership and I am very gratified and humbled by the community funding and support that we have received for this project.”
Four different agencies came together to fund this project, including the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the Greenheck Foundation, Marathon County, and the Village of Weston.
The Marathon County Environmental Impact Fund provides funding assistance for non-reoccurring projects in Marathon County for the purpose of environmental remediation and/or natural resources protection. The source of Environmental Impact Funds is the 2006 agreement between Marathon County and American Transmission Company concerning construction of the Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line in Marathon County.
The B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation was established in 1998 by Bernie and Esther Greenheck. Their purpose is to provide financial support for meaningful projects in Central Wisconsin that enhance the area’s arts, education, health, economic and social development resources.
Additional support for this project was provided through the Marvin & Ruth (Rudie) Schuette Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is one of 700 nonprofit community foundations nationwide. Created in 1987 by and for the people of north central Wisconsin, the Foundation is a nonprofit community corporation created to provide for the long-term needs of our local communities.
The grants totaled approximately 123,000 of the 175,000 project.
The launch was designed by Central Wisconsin Engineers. The construction contract was awarded to Janke General Contractors, Inc. The launch, which is envisioned to be the first in a series of improved accesses along the Eau Claire River will be constructed yet this year, with the exception of some minor landscaping work, which will be completed next spring.
“We have long-believed that the Eau Claire River is an under-appreciated asset here in the metro area,” said Weston Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Osterbrink. “We hope that this is the start of a concerted effort by our local communities, not just Weston, to make the Eau Claire River more accessible and enjoyable for families throughout Marathon County and its many guests.”
The Village of Weston hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday, August 24, 2015 at the construction site, adjacent to the Ross Avenue Bridge.
The launch site was complete in time for the spring 2016 and is currently a popular spot for our residents and visitors to access the Eau Claire River.
For more details on the launch site and parking area please go to the below link: