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Pavilion, restrooms planned for Hudson's old toll bridge dike

Plans for a pavilion and restrooms at the end of Hudson's old toll bridge dike were unveiled at a Thursday morning meeting of the Downtown Planning Committee of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Gavic, a construction engineer and member of the Hudson Rotary clubs' Centennial Project, presented the plans for the structure that would sit on the site of the old tollbooth.

The 36- by 72-foot pavilion roof would be supported by stone piers at the corners and a 16- by 24-foot restroom and vending structure in the middle. The asphalt shingle roof would be supported with steel trusses, capped with wood. The restroom and vending structure would have 8-inch burnished block walls.

"It's going to be a substantial structure," said Gavic, who, along with his brother Jim, operates Gavic Construction Corp.

Gavic said the pavilion would cost $250,000. He said Hudson's Noon and Daybreak Rotary clubs have committed $50,000 to the project in celebration of Rotary International's 100th anniversary. He said additional fund-raising is needed and that the Rotary clubs are seeking the involvement of other organizations and businesses. The city of Hudson also will be asked to contribute to the project, he said.

City Parks Superintendent Dan Roeglin said the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources must grant a variance to a restriction on structures within 100 feet of the normal high-water mark of the river in order for the project to proceed.

Roeglin was hopeful that the DNR would allow the variance, noting the need for restroom facilities on the heavily used dike.

"I think we can get this done," Roeglin said. He said Interstate Park at St. Croix Falls and Perrot State Park at Trempealeu have similar facilities.

Roeglin and Gavic said the presence of a vendor selling soft drinks and snacks would help curb undesirable behavior by some boaters and other users of the beach at the end of the dike. Drinking and drug use on the dike and surrounding islands during the summer months remains a problem, Roeglin said.

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Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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