Harbor Revived

by Larry W. Ryan, Proj. Mgr.; Warzyn Engrg., Inc., One Science Court, Madison, WI 53711,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 9, Pg. 44-46

Document Type: Feature article


In Racine, Wis., officials' plans to turn a defunct commercial harbor into a recreational boaters' paradise have signaled an economic turn-around for a depressed town. As part of the harbor redevelopment, 920 slips are being built to lure pleasure boats from Chicago and Milwaukee to Racine waters. The existing north and south breakwaters were modified and new berm breakwaters designed using hydraulic modeling performed in wave tanks. To make new land for park and marina services, a confined disposal facility was built on the harbor's south half. The harbor was also dredged to create depths suitable for small boats. A park for ethnic festival activities on the water front is also under construction. The park includes a 29,000 sq ft hall, a main event area that accommodates 5,000 and a 33,000 sq ft colonnade suitable for farmers markets and art fairs.

Subject Headings: Parks | Ports and harbors | Small craft | Breakwaters | Hydraulic design | Hydraulic models | Wave tanks | Economic factors | United States | Chicago | Illinois | Wisconsin

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