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Lakeside Forward Created To Support Master Plan


The conversation regarding Lakeside Park and the Master Plan is becoming a battle of preserving the past, while making progress and moving forward to create a destination that attracts locals and visitors alike for decades to come. Now comes word that a new entity has entered the ring, in support of the Master Plan.  

Lakeside Forward is being touted as a group of like-minded businesses and community organizations who are committed to the realization of the elements of the Lakeside Park Master Plan as developed by the Lakeside Park Exploratory Committee. According to Envision Greater Fond du Lac, “Lakeside Forward supports the suggested improvements to Lakeside Park as key factors in the growth and development of the City of Fond du Lac; site selection for new and existing businesses; and resident attraction and retainment.


“At Envision Greater Fond du Lac, we listen to our business partners and are consistently hearing an overwhelming theme of reinvestment in our community as a means to retain and attract talent,” Sadie Parafiniuk, Envision Greater Fond du Lac President/CEO said. “Those organizations who have stepped up to make a financial investment in this project are looking to enhance the Lakeside Park experience to all who live in and visit our city.”


The City of Fond du Lac is paying a consulting company to perform a feasibility study to research a number of factors as they pertain to the proposed enhancements at Lakeside Park. According to Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Lakeside Park and the lighthouse peninsula provide enjoyment to the thousands of guests who visit the park annually. The proposed enhancements are meant to complement and enhance what is already there.


“The proposed enhancements to Lakeside Park are essential to making Fond du Lac a destination similar to our neighboring cities who utilize the water as a gateway to entering,” Paul Reetz, Integrity Saw & Tool, Inc. President, said. “The multipurpose building and amphitheater will provide year-round amenities and access to our current residents and those guests who visit.”

One look at the businesses that are in support of the Lakeside Park Master Plan, and you’ll find some of the biggest and oldest companies in the area, and most would tell you that attracting and retaining quality employees is becoming harder and harder to do. Improving upon key destination points in the county, like Lakeside Park, could go along way in bringing the best and brightest to the area, as well as finding new ways to keep the current members of the working community in the county.  

The conversation regarding the Lakeside Park Master Plan will continue at the next City Council Meeting, set for August 12 at 6:00 p.m. The Council is expected to continue discussions on the request from the Advisory Park Board to halt all activities in the Park, until the feasibility study is completed. The current Pavilion building was set to have extensive remodeling done, with work expected to have started this summer.  


To learn more about Lakeside Forward, please visit lakesideforward.com
Comments 27
money talks commented on 01-Aug-2020 06:37 AM3 out of 5 stars
I know who is going win this one, hope you are happy
Frank Gallitz commented on 01-Aug-2020 06:40 AM3 out of 5 stars
Bring back the giant water slide that would be so cool!!!
And why isn’t their a jet ski rental there seems like it would be a great draw. I would luv to take one out now and then.
Anonymous commented on 01-Aug-2020 07:16 AM3 out of 5 stars
Especially in Nov!
Anonymous commented on 01-Aug-2020 07:45 AM3 out of 5 stars
you want to attract better people to fond du lac, you must first clean out the rif raf causing all the problems in this town
Anonymous commented on 01-Aug-2020 09:05 AM3 out of 5 stars
Maybe the City of Fond du Lac should listen to it's residents instead of businesses that stand to profit from the project.
It is NOT "essential" to have a restaurant or any new additions near the light house!
FDL Resident commented on 01-Aug-2020 09:57 AM3 out of 5 stars
Great news, it might not be nice to hear, but the problems that the business community is facing regarding Fond du Lac as a place to attracting talent is a tough pill to swallow for a lot of people. Instead of opposing it and bashing the city and businesses, lets find common ground to move Fond du Lac forward.
Billy barty commented on 01-Aug-2020 10:20 AM3 out of 5 stars
Or let's just admit FDL is slowly dying. Invaded by miscreants from the south. Facing an aging population. Many younger people leave for warmer climes, and better opportunities. If your idea.of success is working 1st shift in the cheese factory and drinking beer in your driveway well ya got it! The American dream.
Jet commented on 01-Aug-2020 11:25 AM3 out of 5 stars
The people that didn't grow up here have all the answers for us. Why did they leave where they came from? Must not have been what we have, just what they want to change to make it what they left
Stoner commented on 01-Aug-2020 11:42 AM3 out of 5 stars
What does the comment above even mean?

"just what they want to change to make it what they left"

Is this a free flow.of consciousness or just an inability to communicate?

Representative of FDL...
Anonymous commented on 01-Aug-2020 03:40 PM3 out of 5 stars
Your great city businesses can't even seem to afford replacing the wind surfing shop camera used to view the lake via the internet.

Simple issues like this are a great example of why FDL does not attract visitors. You can view many other municipalities but FDL...nope.
Fix the SIMPLE stuff before jumping head first into a boondoggle.
John Snider commented on 01-Aug-2020 04:36 PM3 out of 5 stars
This whole idea is very SAD and only benefits the people that want to build this so called attraction, this has nothing to do with benefiting the residents of the city!! The so called people that want this attraction should build this on PRIVATE land!!! NOT taxpayers property as they will have a financial gain at the taxpayers expense!!! PRIVATE BUSINESS SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED ON PUBLIC PROPERTY!!! The park is fine the way it is!!! This city will never be an Oshkosh or Appleton no matter what anyone does, believe I have tried in the last 20 years!!! RESIDENTS OF FOND DU LAC DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!!!!! YOU WILL REGRET THIS IN THE FUTURE!!!!
Savepark commented on 01-Aug-2020 05:17 PM3 out of 5 stars
Not buying what Forward Lakeside is selling just like Envision Fond du Lac poorly planned and executed survey.
Anonymous commented on 01-Aug-2020 05:56 PM3 out of 5 stars
Yes-some of the "biggest and oldest FDL businesses" as the article says.

Translation: FDL mafia demands and you listen. Another reason this town fails to attract news businesses;
very,very insular and controlling.
S. A. Gogo commented on 01-Aug-2020 07:26 PM5 out of 5 stars
You know that this is all cut and dried, right? The city will do what it wants to do. The "biggest and oldest FDL businesses" is just a smokescreen to make people feel better. Who are these businesses? We want to know so we can boycott them.
PoliticsBpolitics commented on 01-Aug-2020 07:44 PM3 out of 5 stars

not seeing much support here...so if majority is against, how does it pass?

because this had previously been decided and approved. Appearing to desire to hear from residents is merely to appease the Sheeple and make them feel as though they have a voice.
Anonymous commented on 02-Aug-2020 05:46 AM3 out of 5 stars
it's all about big business, yup!! you want to improve fondy, pay your help better $$. we have no shopping, we go to st. anna for a quality restaurant, we have plenty of low income housing and welfare and problems with it, etc. fix the city streets, how bout that
New Texan commented on 02-Aug-2020 09:03 AM3 out of 5 stars
Big Issue:. FDL is not a bedroom community of a large city.

I left and now work in Austin, Texas. I commute about 20 minutes and live in the awesome town of Lockhart. Like FDL before the invasion. House prices are reasonable. No state income tax. If I want winter I can always vacation "up north". Tesla will open a 2,000 acre factory in the next 12-18 months. People here don't sit around and debate. They get it done.
Anonymous commented on 02-Aug-2020 01:31 PM3 out of 5 stars
This is money people wanting to play with public owned land. If this is such a great idea why not build it on private land? It surely should sustain its self with a nice profit. I am not impressed with envision greater fond du lac or its leadership. Who is going to patronize this high end restaurant? The dinner boat idea was so good that it lasted a couple of years. Where is it now??? This is a poor use of public land for that project.
Ralph HankerChief commented on 02-Aug-2020 05:18 PM3 out of 5 stars
I want someone to explain how these businesses PROFIT from this? They are trying to give back. Restaurant is probably not a good idea considering FDL thinks that McD's is the best thing ever. But all of the other items could be used by everyone.
Boo commented on 02-Aug-2020 07:06 PM3 out of 5 stars
Well lets start with the tax write offs.
And add the fact the land is free and they won't pay taxes on any of this devlopment
And when it goes belly up YOU the taxpayer will foot the bill.
Anonymous commented on 03-Aug-2020 05:19 AM3 out of 5 stars
Amazing to see how ignorant most of you are. These businesses are willing to commit millions of dollars to improve our park, with no direct benefit to them other than hopefully attracting/retaining quality employees to the area. What is the alternative? Keep the park the way it is now? Have kids line up in there jacked up trucks and do burn outs and have the police called night after night?
Anonymous commented on 03-Aug-2020 07:28 AM3 out of 5 stars
It's all about control.
Ya want "better" employees?. Pay them and give them great benefits.
Ya want control- ya start mucking with taxpayers and the City leaders.
If they are so noble FUND THE PROJECT in its entirety on private property. I believe the old cheese factory property as you come into the park would be ideal.

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power – pure power.’
The Next Generation commented on 03-Aug-2020 09:00 AM3 out of 5 stars
The businesses that are DONATING millions of dollars to this project actually DO pay their employees well and provide benefits, unfortunately that isn't the only factor when it comes to choosing a place to work.
Many individuals will select a city like Oshkosh or Appleton if the pay/benefits are the same because of the development and diversity in those areas.
If we want FDL to move forward instead of falling further behind, these updates are ESSENTIAL!
Anonymous commented on 03-Aug-2020 10:00 AM3 out of 5 stars
I think you are making broad generalizations about pay and benefits compared to other nearby localities especially.

So do it on private land and fund it themselves. No taxpayer funds.

Why won't you address this part of it?
Ourpark commented on 03-Aug-2020 10:57 AM3 out of 5 stars
What a joke. 99% of the people don't want it changed. People like the park for the beauty not the food. Let the richer people build whatever they want on their land. let the people vote on this. Not the city council. We should be like Milwaukee and have protest parties in front of their houses.
baccarat commented on 04-Aug-2020 04:17 PM
Best view in the town !

Lee Mielke commented on 04-Aug-2020 08:51 PM3 out of 5 stars
As a boy, I grew up on Allen Street, right by Lakeside Park. My best friend and I spent a lot of time out there and LOVED the park. Though I now live 2,000 miles away in Washington State, I still consider Fond du Lac home and have so many wonderful memories of Lakeside Park. To think that one could no longer drive thru the park saddens me deeply, especially at Christmas when the park was so beautiful and the music played from the bandstand. I could even hear it from my home in those days. I guess that's progress but I surely wish I could come back home and find at least one thing like it was when I was young!

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