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City to repair Lake Michigan Pathway erosion

RACINE — City officials are taking steps to repair erosion along a stretch of the Lake Michigan Pathway that reopened earlier this summer after extensive reconstruction work. Rainwater runoff from storms has washed away a soil and sand berm between the Lake Michigan Pathway and a portion of Zoo Beach. The Racine Department of Parks, […]

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Johnson Outdoors employees pick up 8k pieces of trash in Clean Earth Challenge

RACINE — Employees of Johnson Outdoors, 555 Main St., recently picked up more than 8,000 pieces of trash as part of the Clean Earth Challenge (CEC), a national volunteer trash cleanup effort. The volunteer team outside Johnson Outdoors corporate headquarters, 555 Main St. The group picked up 8,000 items of trash in about an hour […]

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North, Zoo Beaches closed due to high waves and strong currents on Aug. 22

RACINE — North and Zoo Beaches are currently closed for Aug. 22. The closure comes from the City of Racine Public Health Department. The closure is due to high waves and strong currents at North and Zoo Beaches. Screenshot of the City of Racine’s Interactive Beach Map – Interactive Beach Map Daily water conditions at […]

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Lifeguard hours extended at Racine’s Zoo Beach starting July 13

RACINE — Lifeguard hours will be extended at Zoo Beach starting Thursday, July 13, the Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) announced on Monday. Zoo Beach gains lifeguards Because of diligent recruiting efforts, lifeguards will be on duty at Zoo Beach from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through the […]

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UPDATE: North Beach reopened; high bacteria levels keep Zoo Beach under advisory July 7

UPDATE (JULY 7, 2023, 11:50 a.m.): RACINE — The Racine Department of Public Health on Friday revised the swimming status for North Beach and Zoo Beach after closing both beaches on Thursday because of unsafe bacteria levels in Lake Michigan. North Beach has reopened for swimming. Zoo Beach is at an Advisory level because water […]

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New water safety equipment, protocols to be implemented by Racine County, City

The City of Racine’s coastline is nestled next to Lake Michigan. North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., and Zoo Beach, located just north of it, are utilized for water recreation, especially during the summer months. Lake Michigan poses a threat to local swimmers and beachgoers. Problems with safe water quality levels and currents have resulted in […]

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Lake Michigan water safety: County to deploy $150k on high-tech devices, training

RACINE COUNTY – Racine County officials, with a strong focus on water safety, will deploy high-tech devices and a big public information push to help prevent drownings and accidents on Lake Michigan. About $150,000 will be spent on sophisticated equipment – including drones, remote-control life rafts and satellite-linked signage – plus training and coordination for […]

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Lake Michigan Pathway Reopens

Just north of North Beach and east of the Racine Zoo is informally known as “Zoo Beach.” Nearly a year ago, the Lake Michigan Pathway faced closure. This pathway runs alongside Zoo Beach. Due to significant lakefront erosion, the Lake Michigan Pathway was deemed unsafe by the City of Racine Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services.  However, the bike/walking path segment behind the […]

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North, Zoo Beaches Declared Unsafe For Swimming Later Today, Tomorrow

RACINE –  Because of expected hazardous conditions on Lake Michigan, North Beach and Zoo Beach here are under a Beach Safety Alert starting at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) and running until 7 a.m. Wednesday. The Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) reported hazardous conditions forecast for both beaches mean that the beaches […]

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