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Paddlers compete in the 2012 Dragonboat races on the Fox River in downtown Oshkosh.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community members are encouraged to join area citizens, business owners and other stakeholders in a series of visioning sessions that will help inform the the city of Oshkosh’s Fox River corridor and riverfront development plans.

Three August community workshops will be hosted by the Oshkosh Community Development Department and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The workshops will help the city and partner planners gather ideas for land use and development within the Fox River corridor from the Lake Butte des Morts causeway east through the city’s center, toward Lake Winnebago, according to reports in the Oshkosh Northwestern.

The open sessions are scheduled for:

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, Becket’s, 2 Jackson St.
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Oshkosh Senior Center South Building, 200 N. Campbell Rd.

UW Oshkosh’s growth along the Fox River over the last 14 years has coincided with the city of Oshkosh’s riverfront redevelopment and renewal plans and efforts. The University, with students’ and donors’ support, built the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the new Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. UW Oshkosh’s support for the annual, September Fall Fest on the Fox and Dragonboat races has also energized public event usage and recreation on the river. Water quality and other aquatic research also continues along the banks of the Fox, headquartered in the University’s Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC).

ECWRPC leaders told The Northwestern that the riverfront-development input gathered at the new series of workshops will be used to craft a broader master plan for the city of Oshkosh.

“We want to get the best ideas possible,” East Central Executive Director Eric Fowle. “There will be ideas on both extremes, but that’s okay. It’s part of the process. We can learn from those kinds of things. This is not a master plan. A master plan would be the next step, done presumably by the city.”

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