The Lakeside Park plan should move forward as proposed. Years of work has gone into planning and providing the 27 items identified as wanted by thousand of community members for the park. Funding has been secured. We have elected people to move these things forward. We do not need a referendum.
The lighthouse peninsula seems to dominate the discussion. As opponents note, this area is the gem of the park...so why waste it with the existing parking lot? Get rid of the parking lot, reduce the asphalt/blacktop with a turnaround and add amenities people can visit and enjoy (restaurant, meeting space, historical component) without putting it right next to the lighthouse (architects have moved it further away from the lighthouse than it was in the initial plan due to concerns).
The amphitheater looks to be going in a space that is currently very underutilized. That seems like a great spot.
The pavilion update is a common-sense approach.
If you look at the entire plan, see the areas that cannot be used for many specific reasons, and take the plan as a whole it appears to be a huge win for the community. I can’t understand why everyone suddenly thinks they should be an urban planner.
Many large companies in town were looking to support the project to give back and to enhance amenities and things to do in Fond du Lac as they seek to attract employees from elsewhere to move here to work. If they can’t attract and retain talent here it doesn’t make much sense to stay located here. Nothing more, nothing less.
Move the community forward by making improvements the community asked for without using tax dollars.