Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program - the Sturgeon Bay waterfront at twilight with the rocky shoreline on the left leading into a bridge over the water with anchored boats on the right

Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Opening of West Waterfront Promenade

Residents celebrate the grand opening of a new promenade in the iconic Sturgeon Bay.

The City of Sturgeon Bay is officially opening the West Waterfront Promenade on May 21, 2022. The project was funded in part by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, along with grants from the Raibrook Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The promenade provides public access to the waterfront with a paved walkway, green space with native plantings, and lookout points to enjoy the bay. As the Door County Pulse so aptly described it, “the City’s vision of honoring its heritage by embracing the working waterfront character and history and maintaining public access to it via creation of the West Waterfront Promenade is realized.”

Ten years in the making, the idea for the promenade first appeared in the 2011 West Waterfront Redevelopment Plan. Plans to fund the purchase and redevelopment were made in 2013 and an ad hoc planning committee helped push the project ahead throughout the following years. The project was designed and constructed by Cedar Corporation, SRF Consulting Group, and Peters Concrete Company. The Door County Pulse reported on the award process and funding sources.

The general public is invited to celebrate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at 10 am at the West Waterfront Promenade between the Michigan and Maple-Oregon street bridges.

Featured image by Chuck Zacharias, 2014.

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