The WPA grant provided jobs for hundreds of unemployed workers who constructed several parks buildings still in use throughout Kenosha County. In 2003 this beautiful lakefront pavilion was listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2011, after many years of decline, a storm caused major roofing damage to the Southport Park Beach House. The City of Kenosha undertook an extensive study and planning process to determine the best way to approach planning for repairs to the historic beach house and overall improvements throughout the park landscape. These efforts culminated in the adoption of The Southport Park Master Plan (SPMP), which was adopted by the City of Kenosha Common Council in 2013.
The Southport Park Association of Kenosha was founded in 2014 by community volunteers. The primary goal of our organization is to serve as a community-based partner to the City of Kenosha in the implementation of the Southport Park Master Plan.