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Baldwin visits Billings Park, touts waterfront revitalization

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.

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Senator Tammy Baldwin, left, chats with Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director, Mary Morgan, center, and Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen in Billings Park on Tuesday morning in Superior. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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.

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.

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"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, Superior's director of parks and recreation, 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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