The Green Bay Packers on Thursday announced the final components for phase one of the Titletown District's park, with the main attraction set to be a sledding hill that will feature tubing lanes with fantastic views of Lambeau Field.
The sledding hill will be located within an area that includes a dynamic skating trail and pond, with the hill's slope, beginning at a height of 45 feet, serving as a roof over two buildings. The skating trail will artfully wind underneath the structure and connects to an open skating area. Ice making, snowmaking and grooming equipment will ensure an extended tubing and skating season in the park. In warmer months, the hill's sloped green space will provide a unique area for numerous activities.
The sledding and skating area is just one component of the multi-acre park's year-round, diverse programming that will feature fitness-related activities, cultural opportunities, versatile space for a variety of uses, and team-inspired public art, in addition to festive gameday action.
The Packers announced the finalized plans for phase one of the Titletown District public park, part of the ongoing development to the west of Lambeau Field. Renderings by Rossetti. Photos by Duke Bobber, packers.com.
In addition to the sledding hill and skating rink, the four other components of phase one in Titletown's park will include a plaza, an activity area, a playground and a sports field.
"The public park in Titletown will be a tremendous asset for our community, and serve as an appealing attraction for visitors and future residents alike," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We made many changes to this first phase of the public park based on input from experts in park planning. The focus groups with community stakeholders were also extremely helpful in this process. We're excited to see it come to life."
In total, the sledding hill's tubing lanes will stretch 300 feet from start to finish. Two buildings will provide the slope for the hill, with the main building housing a warming lodge and snack bar on the ground level and event space on the second level. A second building will contain skate and tube rental operations. The total skating surface area, including the trail and pond area, is 14,200 square feet, nearly the size of a hockey rink.
The plaza, adjacent to Ridge Road, will feature landscaping as well as hardscape and public art. The area will be programmed in multiple ways, with festivals and holiday fairs, or simply as a space in which to relax.
The activity area will feature games such as horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, ping pong and bean bag toss, as well as other organized options.
The playground will feature dynamic equipment with a Play 60 theme in a setting and configuration that is unique to the community. The 36,000 square-foot area also will have football-specific equipment and a 40-yard dash component.
The sports field, sized as a regulation football field, will utilize an artificial surface that will maximize its use in a variety of ways through much of the year.
Building upon the success of Lambeau Field's major redevelopment in 2003 and recent expansion and renovations, the Titletown District will maximize its great location just west of the iconic stadium to attract additional visitors to the area, spur further regional economic growth, offer new amenities to residents and complement the greater Green Bay area's draw as an excellent location to live, work and play. Phase one of Titletown, which includes Lodge Kohler, a four-diamond hotel, Hinterland Restaurant and a Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic, will be complete in summer of 2017.
Information on the Titletown District is available online at www.packers.com/titletown.