The City of Stevens Point will upgrade the permanent boat docks in Bukolt Park this spring. The docks are over 25 years old, and heavy usage along with repeated winter freeze-thaw cycles have made them unsafe for use and unable to be repaired this season.
The City has developed a strong partnership with the Prime Water Anglers organization; a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that promotes the sport of fishing through educational, competitive, and social events. That partnership is paying dividends as a collaborative effort between the City and Prime Water anglers is underway to facilitate removal, construction, and installation of the new permanent boat docks.
Stevens Point Mayor, Mike Wiza, said about the project, “Improving our parks through partnerships like the one we have with PWA is critical. Replacing the aging dock will allow us to make improvements in the design that will last for a generation or more.”
The existing docks will be removed this week and signage will be placed at the dock area stating the area is closed to the public during construction. While the dock upgrade is happening, the City will still have the two seasonal boat docks that are attached to the boat launch ramp available to the public. The public is allowed to use the boat launch and seasonal boat docks during the entire construction period.
Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Dan Kremer, stated, “The boat launch and dock area is one of our most popular attractions in Bukolt Park. The existing docks provided nearly three decades of great service to our residents and community. We are very fortunate to have the Prime Water Anglers who are experienced in these types of projects and are always willing to be a great partner with the City to give back to the community. Without them, this project wouldn’t be possible.”
The upgraded permanent boat dock construction is scheduled to be finished by Memorial Day. The boat launch ramp and boat docks are free to use by boaters in Bukolt Park. In an effort to keep the area free to the public, the City is accepting donations to help offset the cost of materials for the project. If you or someone you know would be interested in donating, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 715-346-1535.