The Canal Street boat landing’s parking lot is rarely if ever full, according to Ald. Dusty Walker in October.
The Canal Street boat landing’s parking lot is rarely if ever full, according to Ald. Dusty Walker in October.

Boaters may be able to launch for free this year from Canal Street in Green Lake.

During the city’s Council of the Whole meeting Monday, Mayor Jon McConnell floated the idea.

McConnell said the proposal came from the Parks & Recreation Committee after a discussion with Ald. Dusty Walker.

Walker had brought up the idea of a sign directing boaters to the Canal Street launch at a Parks & Rec meeting last October, concerned that traffic at the Deacon Mills Park launch congests in the summer.

“That sparked some conversations,” McConnell said, “and during the course of a couple meetings, one of the concerns about a sign was there’s no way to judge whether it was effective or not ... because there’s no way to quantify the numbers if there is any more traffic or anything like that.”

So the committee came up with another idea to steer boats from Deacon Mills Park to Canal Street: free launching.

“The Park & Rec board approved that and is asking for the council’s approval ... for a one-year basis, to try it out,” McConnell said.

Read more about the proposal in the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.