Ashland Getting Input from Community on What to do with Contaminated Lake Front

By KBJR News 1

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) - People in Ashland are drawing up their ideas for what they want on their city's Bayfront along Lake Superior.

Right now it's a superfund site with not much to see or do.

The city officials say they really want public input on what to do with the property located near Hotel Chequamegon and North Prentice Avenue.

The city of Ashland is looking to redevelop the land which is contaminated with tars and oils.

That all came from a former power company that sat there over 50 years ago.

Xcel Energy now owns the land and is footing the bill for the clean up.

The city says the space needs to be used for public use, recreation, and be navigation oriented.

"I would like to see more opportunities that connect the city with the waterfront in ways in which if people come downtown they feel like walking to the beach and waterfront is part of what happens," says Kim Bro from Washburn, who enjoys this kind of recreation himself.

"Opportunities are endless, there is talk of sledding hills I mean anything goes, and we just want to get as much ideas that we can and the goal from tonight is to either work off of this tomorrow and redefine it a little bit more," said Katie Meyer the Interim Director of Planning and Development for the City of Ashland.

The City Planning and Development Department will narrow down people's ideas into two proposals.

They will then bring those ideas to other city committees to be reviewed and decided upon.

There will be another public input meeting Thursday night at the Bretting Community Center in Ashland from 6:30 to 8:30.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.