Project: The CityDeck
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Firm: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Year: 2009-2012
Firm website:

Project Description: The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox Riverfront with aims to significantly increase access to the river and to diversify social and ecological life along it. The boardwalk is activated by an undulating wooden surface that provides spaces for gathering, docking, watching, and playing. The sectional diversity creates a wide range of seating configurations and river overlooks. The boardwalk is flexible, accommodating both large and small gatherings comfortably for round-the-clock and year-round activity.

The design inventively integrates sustainable stormwater, material, and lighting strategies; it reorients downtown to the riverfront; it frames opportunities for new development; and it creates an entirely new image for the City of Green Bay. Project planning and design involved intense public and stakeholder participation, as well as extensive coordination with local, county, state, and federal agencies.

Phase 1 opened in stages in 2009 and 2010. Phases 2 and 3 were completed in 2011-2012.

Project Team Members: Chris Reed, principal, lead designer; Scott Bishop, project manager.
Design Team: Tim Barner, Cathy Braasch, Steve Carlucci, Jill Desimini, Adrian Fehrmann, Carl Frushour, Kristin Malone, Chris Muskopf, Susan Fitzgerald, Jana Kienitz, Lisl Kotheimer, Bryan Miyahara, Graham Palmer, Megan Studer, Sarah Wright.

Vetter Denk, urban design
GRAEF Anhalt Schloemer and Associates, structural engineering
STS Consultants/AECOM, civil and geotechnical engineering
Light THIS!, lighting design
Pine + Swallow, soil science
Clark Dietz, electrical and plumbing
WF Baird Associates, cost

Find out more:
CityDeck Website.
“Restaurants Loving Dine on the Deck,” Fox News, July 2011.
“Dine on the Deck livens up downtown Green Bay Waterfront,” Scott Cooper Williams, July 2011.
“River key selling point for Green Bay’s downtown: City in talks with two unnamed businesses,” Mark Leland, July 2011.

Image credits: 
All images and photos by Stoss Landscape Urbanism, except for the final image: Photo by Jeff Mirkes, Executive Director for Downtown Green Bay, Inc

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