The gates are open at Pouce Park in Pouce Coupe as of today.
Pouce Park is now only a day use park — no camping or fires.
The park was ravaged in the June 2016 flood. Officials say they had initially planned to restore it to its initial state, however, costs proved to be high. Instead, the Village has been working to get the park to a usable state for day use.
The work included "removing the condemned buildings which were burned for fire department training, removing approximately 25 large dead trees and flood debris and leveling and grading approximately seven acres of land."
CAO Chris Leggett says the contracted clean-up work by LNB Construction came to about $160,000, including $20,000 of project management fees by Urban Systems. In addition, it cost "roughly" $20,000 of internal staff time and minor capital purchases.
The Village wanted to have it open for the summer months.
Pets are allowed in the park.
The Village plans to hold a grand opening ceremony by the end of August, which will likely include a fireworks ceremony.