- Rib Mountain State Park will get more than $740,000 in upgrades in 2014.It is part of a project approved by the Wisconsin Building Commission Tuesday.This project will improve the existing day-use area, including the amphitheater area, and will continue to convert existing campground areas into day-use facilities, according to the Building commission press release. Steve Krallis, DNR budget analyst, says the park used to focus heavily on camping, but the park is using the upgrades to target more day activities like picnics and hiking."The campsites are being converted to day use facilities," Krallis said. "So improved toilet facilities, ultimately there will be some improvements to a shelter area and flush toilets will hopefully be added in the next phase."This portion of the project will also continue improvements to Park Road at the state park. The project will also remove the existing Rib Mountain State Park entrance sign and install a new one.The existing shower building and two outdated and non-accessible vault toilet buildings will be demolished. These structures will be replacedwith a new centralized vault toilet facility, according to the press release.Organizers have not started planning the third phase of the project."The parks (department) is going to start working on that in the upcoming biennium (budget)," Krallis said. "I know that they're going to continue to move the park to try to make it a more premiere day use facility."Project leaders say the second phase of the project will be done by the end of the year.Park modernization started in 2009 with phase one costing $6,116,900.
Story By: Adam Fox