The future of Art Keller Marina remains uncertain


QUINCY (WFEM) – The future of Art Keller Marina is still in limbo after the park district received no rental proposals.

The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended over the summer to September 28.

Quincy Park neighborhood executive director Rome Frericks said that due to the continued lack of interest in rental proposals, they now need to get creative with new solutions.

Frericks said they are now considering drafting applications for an in-home motorhome to help take care of the marina after normal office hours.

“It’s to help us with safety overnight because when we did a survey last year for all boaters in the marina, that was one of the main concerns,” Frericks said.

Despite the setback from the initial proposals, Frericks is optimistic and said the park district is committed to keeping the marina open and functional.

“The board and staff are dedicated to the marina for at least the 2023 boating season. No we don’t have plans, which we are trying to do, as I mentioned before, try to attract more boaters, which is more slide rentals which is dollars for the marina, ”said Frericks.

He said last season there were around 115 slip rentals, which is roughly the same as in 2020. He hopes they can increase that number from 30 to 40 during the season to to come.

Frericks said he believes a dredging project in the coming years will help spur interest. An information meeting will be held on October 25 and 26 about this project.

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