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Baldwin touts waterfront revitalization

Grace Pastoor Forum News Service U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin visited the newly-revitalized Billings Park in Superior on Tuesday as part of a tour of the some of the city's waterfront sites. During stops at Billings Park, Hallett Dock No. 8 and Barker...

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U.S. Sen Tammy Baldwin, left, laughs as she listens to Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen, right, tell a story Tuesday at Billings Park in Superior. Also speaking with the senator are Public Works Director Todd Janigo, second from left, Chief of Staff Rani Gill, center, and Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin visited the newly-revitalized Billings Park in Superior on Tuesday as part of a tour of the some of the city’s waterfront sites.

During stops at Billings Park, Hallett Dock No. 8 and Barker’s Island, Baldwin promoted her proposed Waterfront Communities Revitalization and Resiliency Act, which she recently introduced in Congress.

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The act would help communities across the country preserve or restore their waterfront areas. Billings Park, which after construction work earlier this summer now includes a new road, period lighting and wheelchair-accessible paths, is exactly the kind of area the act would help improve, said Baldwin, D-Wis.

"Making a park like this accessible is actually one of the key goals," she said.

The waterfronts in many communities were developed more than 100 years ago, and were used in the past for different things than they are now, Baldwin said. She said she hopes the act will help modernize these areas.

"When you look at a community like Superior and many other waterfront communities, the economic development that was occurring when these cities were settled is very different than it is today," Baldwin said. "So part of (the act) is looking at the opportunities of the 21st century."

Mary Morgan, director of parks, recreation and forestry, said the city could benefit from the legislation.

"We have 96 miles of shoreline in Superior, so any program that provides resources for us to improve our waterfront or protect it is good," Morgan said.

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