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Popular Pattison Park attraction re-opens to the public

Emily Ness
Updated: August 08, 2020 06:29 PM

Several seasons have passed since the walking path at Pattison Park closed, but on Saturday, it re-opened to the public for the first time since a storm wiped much of the path off the face of the earth.

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Kevin Feind, who serves as the park’s Natural Resources Property Supervisor said he and others have been hard at work preparing for this day.

“We have seven boardwalks, plus this new pedestrian bridge built into the new parts of the trail. It’s something I think Northern Wisconsin should be very proud of,” Feind said.

Repairs and additions were made to the path after what Feind calls the 'Father’s Day Storm' that took place on June 17th, 2018.

“Much of the trail here and the Little Manitou Trail and both east and west Beaver Trails were wiped off the face of the earth,” Feind said.

This time around, Feind said crews built the path further from the river and reinforced it using grade reversals within the path and ditches along the path to funnel water back into the river. Additionally, crews added a holding pond to help control water.

“My staff and I had to come out here and assess the damage right after the flood. That incorporated very detailed photographs, GPS coordinates and measuring so literally, I can say, I know every inch of trail here because we had to measure out everything,” Feind said.

Along the new path, walkers can still see the old path and even walk on it in some places. Feind said he is excited for people to check it out.

“There's been a lot of people—a lot of our visitors saying: 'When are the trails going to open? When are the trails going to open?' and I just asked for their patience and now as of today, they can come and enjoy it,” Feind said.

Eric and Dillon Hammill, a father and son were two of many people out enjoying the new walking path Saturday.

“We feel very lucky to be able to enjoy the nature like this,” Eric said. “The bridges and the path are great and the waterfalls are beautiful.”

Pattison Park is open from 6am-11:00pm, seven days a week, year round. 

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