THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Construction Begins - Former Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky and current Mayor Cathi Malke are pictured at the site of the city's Fish Viewing Platform. The wall portion of the project is complete and granite tiles will be on display there. Pillars in the Peshtigo River can be seen in the background. The project is funded by grants and donations, no Peshtigo taxpayer dollars went into the project. The platform is scheduled for completion sometime this fall.
Work Begins on Peshtigo's New Fish Viewing Platform
Issue Date: June 24, 2020
Construction has begun on the long awaited Fish Viewing Platform over the Peshtigo River below the WPS Dam at BPM, Inc. on pillars that had once supported a "pipe tunnel" causeway for Badger Paper Mills.
The platform, accessible from Peshtigo River Recreational Park, is intended to be an educational feature and tourist attraction over a portion of the river where fish, mainly walleye, come upstream to from the waters of Green Bay to spawn.
Dreams of converting that former utility "bridge" into a fish viewing platform started with former Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky more than five years ago. After Krizenesky left his position with the city, current Mayor Cathi Malke picked up where Krizenesky left off. Price of the project is estimated at approximately $500,000.
Mayor Malke said commemorative granite tiles are still being offered for sale by the city for display on the wall at the platform site. Prices for the different sizes of granite tiles are $1,000 for a 18x24 tile, $500 for a 12x12 tile and $200 for a 6x6 tile. Smaller tiles are available from $50 to $199. To order a commemorative tile contact Mayor Malke at Peshtigo City Hall, 715-582-3041.
The fish viewing platform will use three of the four existing concrete pillars to support the 10-foot-wide laminated timber walkway extending approximately 160 feet over the Peshtigo River. The platform will include two expanded seating areas complete with benches. The platform is also designed for handicap accessibility, safety and unobstructed viewing. The project will include educational signage and kiosks with information on natural history, fisheries, invasive species, local history, fish species, hydro facility information and dam safety. There will also be some history of the Peshtigo Fire.
Grants received for the platform included a Stewardship Grant for $285,029.50, WCMP grant for $100,000.00, Fund for Lake Michigan grant for $8,300.00, WPS grant $10,000.00 WCMP grant $100,000 and sale of plaques $10,000.
Immel Construction of Green Bay, is general contractor for the project and it is scheduled for completion sometime this fall according to Malke.