May 25, 2017
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Fix It: Kemper Center gazebo

Reader sees potential in neglected gazebo



Today’s problem:

Linda Zanot contacted Fix It about the condition of the gazebo that sits near the bike trail on the grounds of the Kemper Center, a Kenosha county park.

Zanot wrote, “There is a small gazebo on the lakeshore between Kemper and Anderson Arts Center. It looks like it was just plunked there for no good reason as there aren’t even any benches inside that would make sitting and enjoying the scenery comfortable. It is in a sad state of disrepair. A day’s worth of painting and weed whacking would take care of it. And, the addition of a bench or two inside would be welcome. I bet folks would actually use it then.”

Zanot also mentioned an area just to the south of the gazebo where there’s yard waste and whatnot piled up.

Zanot wrote, “To the right of the gazebo is an area of rocks, weeds and fencing that is partially down that has never been cleaned up after the storm of a couple of years ago. All the other areas have been cleaned up and this is an eye sore beside the walking/bicycle path and by the Anderson Arts Center.”


The gazebo has a distinct list to it when you approach if from the northwest. It does have a growth of weeds in spots around it, with peeling paint on the exterior and broken or missing trim work. There are no seats or benches in it for people to stop, sit and enjoy the view of Lake Michigan.

Back in the day, the gazebo was more in the middle of the green space to the west of the new trail, south of the soccer field, between where the tennis courts were and the house that was “Gallery 124.” The tennis courts and house are long gone and the gazebo got moved.

Zanot wrote, “(It) seems they put it there rather than toss it and then forgot about it.”

Fix It contacted Matthew Collins, Director of Parks for the Kenosha County Department of Public Works, to ask about the gazebo.

County responds:

Matthew Collins wrote, “Kenosha County leases operations and daily maintenance of the facilities and grounds within the Kemper Center campus.

“The county acts as a landlord and is responsible for the building envelope while Kemper Center Inc. is responsible for all programming and operations of this campus... Kenosha County has inspected the gazebo and plans to paint the gazebo this season. As of now, there are no plans for seating within the gazebo. We will look into this request and potentially look for Eagle Scouts to better accommodate daily use and seating for this facility.”

About the messy area to the south of the gazebo, Collins wrote, “Yes, Kenosha County Public Works will have this debris removed from the area.”

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