Titletown’s park opened for activities on September 15, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public event introducing community members and visitors to the variety of activities available each day at Titletown.
The multi-acre park features a plaza, activity area, playground and sports field, with year-round, diverse programming including fitness-related activities, cultural opportunities, festive gameday action and versatile space for a variety of uses. To create the new park, Titletown worked with ROSSETTI (architect) Sterling Project Development (project manager), Biederman Redevelopment Ventures (park development) and Miron Construction (general contractor).
“We’re excited to open the park today and see the project get to this point after years of working and envisioning it,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “We’re looking forward to this area becoming an excellent asset for the community.”
The park will also include a winter tubing hill and skating rink and trail, which will open later this year. A bistro and event space below the tubing hill, will open later this fall when construction is complete, in conjunction with colder weather and the start of snow tubing and ice skating.
The bistro, which will accommodate 80 guests, will be named ‘46 Below,’ an homage to the Ice Bowl, the legendary 1967 NFL Championship game at Lambeau Field during which the wind chill temperature famously plummeted to 46 below zero. The name also accurately describes the space, which is on the ground floor, 46 feet below the top of the tubing hill.
The event space on the second level, which can accommodate 200 guests, will be called ‘Rockwood Terrace,’ in honor of the Packers’ former training facility, Rockwood Lodge, located 18 miles northeast of Green Bay which was utilized by the Packers for training camps from 1946 through 1949.
The plaza, adjacent to Ridge Road, features landscaping as well as hardscape and will be programmed in multiple ways, with festivals and holiday fairs, or simply as a space in which to relax. The activity area features games such as horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, ping pong and bean bag toss, as well as other activities, such as a reading rack, art cart and a variety of board games.
The playground features dynamic equipment with a Play 60 theme in a setting and configuration that is unique to the community. The 36,000 square-foot area also has football-specific equipment and a 40-yard dash component. The sports field, sized as a regulation football field, utilizes an artificial surface that will maximize its use in a variety of ways through much of the year and features infill from Nike Grind, which is created from recycled Nike shoe.
Building upon the success of Lambeau Field’s major redevelopment in 2003 and recent expansion and renovations, Titletown maximizes its great location just west of the iconic stadium to attract additional visitors to the area, spur further regional economic growth, offer new amenities to residents and complement the greater Green Bay area’s draw as an excellent location to live, work and play. Phase one of Titletown includes the four-diamond hotel Lodge Kohler, Hinterland Restaurant and a Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine or Orthopedics. Details about the second phase of the development will be announced in the coming months.