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Minocqua Town Board Approves Smaller Park Pavilion


A modified proposal for a new pavilion in Minocqua’s Torpy Park is moving forward, but residents will have the final say. 

The Minocqua Town Board has recommended approval of a plan that calls for a 30 by 80 foot structure and removal of a single tree. 

Town Board Chair Mark Hartzheim says the structure would be 55 percent smaller than the one originally proposed that had drawn significant public outcry.

“And placing it in what is already essentially an open area that can accommodate that size pavilion. So all the way around we think it was a real winner, and I think the public is very supportive of this.”

A special town meeting, still to be scheduled, will put the final decision in the hands of residents. 

The Minocqua Lions Club will share the cost of the building project.  The original proposal put the total price tag at $110,000.  Hartzheim says the smaller building that’s now being proposed is expected to cost less, and better match the aesthetics of the park. 

“It was just felt that this creates a pavilion design that looks like it will fit and belong in the park. A lot more attention was given to the appearance of it, to really make it mirror the existing pavilion.”

The board decided to postpone action on five trees that may be slated for removal regardless of any pavilion.  Two tree experts have testified that the trees are in decline and should be taken down.  The town board decided to take a cautious approach and seek one more expert opinion before moving ahead with the plan.  

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