Maybe you’ll never play a football game in Lambeau Field.
But you’ll be able play one in the historic stadium’s shadows.
Not to mention go tubing and skating.
Those were a few of the final details of Phase 1 of the Green Bay Packers’ Titletown District, which were unveiled by the team on Thursday.
The main attraction will be a sledding hill that will feature tubing lanes with views of Lambeau Field. The sledding hill will be located within an area that includes a skating trail and pond. The hill’s slope, beginning at a height of 45 feet, will serve as a roof over two buildings. The skating trail will wind underneath the structure and connect to an open skating area.
Ice making, snowmaking and grooming equipment will ensure an extended tubing and skating season in the park. In warmer months, the hill’s sloped green space will provide an area for numerous activities.
In addition to the sledding hill and skating rink, the four other components of Phase 1 in Titletown’s park will include a plaza, an activity area, a playground and a sports field.
“The public park in Titletown will be a tremendous asset for our community, and serve as an appealing attraction for visitors and future residents alike,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a release trumpeting the plan. “We made many changes to this first phase of the public park based on input from experts in park planning. The focus groups with community stakeholders were also extremely helpful in this process. We’re excited to see it come to life.”
The sledding hill’s tubing lanes will stretch 300 feet from start to finish. Two buildings will provide the slope for the hill, with the main building housing a warming lodge and snack bar on the ground level and event space on the second level. A second building will contain skate and tube rental operations. The total skating surface area, including the trail and pond area, is 14,200 square feet, nearly the size of a hockey rink.
The plaza, adjacent to Ridge Road, will feature landscaping as well as hardscape and public art. The area will be programmed in multiple ways, with festivals and holiday fairs, or simply as a space to relax.
The activity area will feature games such as horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, ping pong and bean bag toss, as well as other organized options.
The playground will feature dynamic equipment with a Play 60 theme in a setting and configuration that is unique to the community. The 36,000-square-foot area will have football-specific equipment and a 40-yard dash component.
The sports field, sized as a regulation football field, will utilize an artificial surface that will maximize its use in a variety of ways through much of the year.
Phase 1 of Titletown, which includes Lodge Kohler, Hinterland Restaurant and a Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic, will be complete in summer of 2017.
Information on the Titletown District is available at www.packers.com/titletown.