The long-awaited Coal Dock Park is finally open — at least partially — according to Port Washington officials.
The park on We Energies former Coal Dock space is already open to pedestrians, and City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven said they hope to have the area open to vehicles by the weekend, pending the completion of a brick crosswalk near the park's entrance.
Landscaping and electrical work will still be ongoing, but all "major" construction is complete.
The opening of the park comes despite a call for railings along the waterfront by the Port Washington Park and Recreation Board, according to an Ozaukee Press story. There is no railing separating the north side of the park from the water, and some have said the addition of one would interfere with boats hoping to dock there.
The Coal Dock Commitee was expected to discuss this issue while meeting at the park on Thursday, according to the story.
Though the park is almost completely open, a park dedication ceremony will be held the weekend of Sept. 28, Vanden Noven said, though details are still pending.