Electors in Minocqua will need to vote on building a smaller pavilion at Torpy Park proposed by the Minocqua Lions Club.
At a meeting last month, more than 150 people met with the town board to discuss building the pavilion at the park. The original proposal was 56 feet by 96 feet and would have required the removal of up to 13 older trees. Complaints centered on taking away a Northwoods legacy for a large building. The Lions felt a larger pavilion was needed to take care of large crowds such as during Beef-A-Rama.
The Minocqua Plan Commission has given its blessing to a new shelter design plan for Torpy Park.
The Minocqua Lions Club’s original plan drew public outcry when it proposed to remove 13 trees to make way for a large structure. Many argued that the old white pines are essential to the aesthetics of the downtown park.
Minocqua Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the revised plan calls for a building about half the size of the original design.
The Minocqua Plan Commission will ask the town board to look at whether to remove some problem trees at Torpy Park. At a meeting Tuesday(5/13) the commission also heard a scaled-back proposal for a pavilion by the Minocqua Lions at the park.
Last week, more than 120 residents discussed a proposal for a new 54 by 96 foot pavilion that would require the removal of 11 old trees. Many were opposed to removing the trees, though a few of the trees were said to be diseased.
Town chair Mark Hartzheim says the Lions brought forward a proposal for a smaller pavilion...
A special town hall meeting is taking place Tuesday evening in Minocqua, regarding the fate of a group of trees in Torpy Park.
The Minocqua Lions Club wants to build a new shelter in Torpy Park, and in the process remove about a dozen white pines estimated to be over a hundred years old.
Many locals are up in arms about the plan, and have been contacting town officials and spreading the word through social media. They say they like the atmosphere the trees provide, and say the trees are a vestige of old growth forest in the Northwoods.
Electors in the town of Minocqua next week will decide whether the town will purchase a piece of prime real estate next to Torpy Park.
Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says they've been talking with the property owner who has set a floor price of $300,000. Hartzheim says the property owner approached the town. The property is about 26,000 square feet and has a building on it which he says is beyond renovation.
Hartzheim says the annual town meeting next week enables citizens to decide whether the town should go ahead with the sale....