Appleton hosts Erb Park renovation meeting tonight

The city will launch a $2.3 million massive overhaul of Erb Park in 2014, but wants public input tonight as part of the evaluation process.

Franklin Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in the school’s gymnasium. The session is meant to gather input on the improvements on the recreation facilities, pavilion and swimming pool at the park.

The pavilion was built in the early 1950s and the pool was installed in 1979. erbparkIt is “showing signs of age and deterioration,” according to the city.

Appleton’s council budgeted $185,000 for this planning phase and hired GRAEF, a Green Bay-based engineering firm.

The restrooms in the pavilion don’t meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and contain fixtures and an electrical system that are obsolete.

Anyone not able to attend Thursday’s meeting can send comments through the city parks website at or to the parks office at 1819 Witzke Blvd.

— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or; on Twitter @npenzenstadler

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