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WASHBURN - A piece of prime real estate in northern Wisconsin is about to look very different.
Washburn city officials are looking to redevelop 30 acres of land along Lake Superior.
The mile-long strip of land along the Chequamegon Bay is home to one of Washburn's highly traveled trails.
After years of conversations, the city wants to put the land to better use and it's asking for the community's help.
“The community has a strong desire to make sure that land stays in public ownership," explained Washburn city administrator, Scott Kluver.
Many know Thompson's West End Park as a seasonal camp ground and a prime walking trail, but Washburn city officials see it as wasted space.
"Some people would like to see increased camping to bring more visitors to the community,” Kluver said. “Others would like to see more amenities for local citizens and a place to recreate."
With ideas and plans for the park buzzing throughout the city, officials hope to gather the locals and ask them to put their plans to paper.
"We need to come up with a plan that best fits what the community would like to see at that location," Kluver said.
The plan is to keep the land public property.
More camping, pavilions, a playground, and a frisbee golf course have all been proposed.
City officials said they don't have an opinion on what goes in the vacant lot.
They just hope it's something to enhance the area and give visitors a taste of what it's like to live on the shores of Chequamegon Bay.
The public meeting is July 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washburn Elementary Cafeteria.
The goal is to simply kick off the conversation of what this area could become.
No plans will be finalized for another couple of years.