Following a purchase that was seven years in the making, the Door County Land Trust will officially dedicate the Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park in Ellison Bay this Saturday.
Land Trust Executive Director Dan Burke says several hurdles had to be cleared along the way, including working through a number of title issues, dealing with brand new granting sources and securing contributions from nearly 400 individuals, businesses and foundations.
Burke says the 16 acre park, located 3 ½ miles north of Sister Bay, offers some of the Midwest's most beautiful views.
The dedication, which takes place in conjunction with Olde Ellison Bay Days, is Saturday at 4 p.m. It will include an opening reading by author, Norb Blei, historical remarks by Jan and Frank Forkert, and words of commemoration and thanks from Land Trust staff and past board president, Dave Callsen. Parking is being offered on the west side of the highway directly across from Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church.
Long-range plans for the park include the creation of hiking trails, habitat restoration and the transfer of ownership to the Town of Liberty Grove.
Reservations for the dedication are encouraged but not necessary. RSVP by calling the Land Trust office at (920) 746-1359 or by emailing email@example.com.
Photo by Julie Schartner