In 2011, after major storm damage to the roofing and other structural elements of the Southport Beach House, the City of Kenosha began a public hearing process to ascertain the community’s vision for the future of Southport Park and the historic beach house in order to guide design, planning, and investment in the park. In 2013 the Common Council amended the Kenosha Comprehensive Plan, adopting a Master Plan for Southport Park.
The Southport Park Master Plan (SPMP) envisions improvements to the historic beach house and park landscape. It calls for a public-private partnership between the City of Kenosha and the citizens of Kenosha, working jointly to realize this vision. Over the past decade local historic preservationists have worked with the City of Kenosha , encouraging repairs to the damaged exterior surfaces, installation of historically appropriate replacement windows, remediation of structural damage; as well as upgrades to the slate roofing.
The Southport Park Association was established in 2014 , as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, in order to formally engage local citizens and to develop private support for improvements throughout the park.
The City of Kenosha and the Southport Park Association entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2017, formalizing the public-private partnership envisioned in the Master Plan.
We extend our deepest appreciation to Kenosha residents, public officials and staff, and our generous donors for their ongoing support of the Southport Park Association.
Special thanks are owed to the Southport Beach House Commission:
Chairman Steve G. Bostrom, George W. Clarke, Margaret Heller, Barbara J. Stein-Lendman, Robert Merletti, James J. Mosley, Michael J. Thomey, and Joan Wilk.
We are indebted to Susan Andrea-Schlenker, Linda J. Sarli, Jeffrey A. Smith, Terry Schlenker, Kathryn Andrea, and David Andrea;
who graciously served as the founding Southport Park Association Board of Directors, for their vision and perseverance.