It’s good to see the City of Marinette Board of Public Works investigating the erosion and deterioration taking place at popular Red Arrow Park. The park has sustained relentless punishment from cruel weather beatings in recent years that has left municipal officials and local citizens baffled as how to defend and protect the scenic park on the shores of Green Bay.

A lack of funds to thwart the raging storms and high water levels that have been causing the damage is always a good starting point for blame, but planning and action aren’t far behind. It will likely take a heavy dose of federal, state and local money to whip the park back into shape, but before any chance of financial assistance, a plan must be put in place.

Ken Keller, who chairs the committee charged with the responsibility of getting the ball rolling, is the right person to be at the helm. Keller represents the Menekaunee area where the park is located and has been a lifelong supporter of the park being advanced. He has had a handful of supporters who are keenly interested in park development.

At a recent meeting of the committee, Keller displayed a series of photographs that were taken at the park between 2014 and 2020. The photos show the stunning damage of the beautiful shoreline, damage that needs to be reversed very soon before permanent ruin becomes the norm.

Mother Nature apparently likes to take its anger out on the Red Arrow site because it seems the property has been in the sights of storms and high water levels for decades. The senior population will be delighted to chatter about the good old days when Red Arrow’s swimming beach was the place to be on a cozy afternoon, or the park’s harbor docks were a perfect spot for catching an abundance of yellow perch. Folks who like to advance the calendar will remember when ice boating was a favorite sport in the frigid months.

We think City Engineer Brian Miller was on track when he suggested the city reach out to the Department of Natural Resources to obtain a permit for placing riprap along the shoreline. Riprap may not be an attractive option, but it probably will be the only weapon for now to stymie the flight of storm action. Riprap lines much of the gorgeous waterfront in neighboring Menominee, and also the shorelines of frustrated residents along Shore Drive in Marinette.

The committee considers the Red Arrow situation to be a 32nd emergency. We agree with the committee. Keller’s group directed Miller to encourage the DNR for help.

The historic park, a loading zone for timber men dating back to the 19th century and named in honor of Wisconsin’s famed 32nd Red Arrow Army division in World War I and World War II, is a community jewel that needs a remake.