PEWAUKEE — Smokey’s Bait Shop has been a presence in the
Village of Pewaukee for 33 years.
now there is opportunity for a partnership for the
property at 129 Park Ave. The Pewaukee Park and
Recreation Department is looking for a highly motivated,
responsible individual or business to partner with in
operation of the Laimon Family Lakeside Park, which used
to be Smokey’s.
Kelley Woldanski, director of the Park & Recreation
Department, said the property used to be a bait shop
with a second and third level for living quarters. The
owners wanted to sell the business and the village was
interested in making it a park if purchased.
lower level consists of the bait shop with a small
restroom, which should remain open to the public.
There’s also a boat launch on the east end of the lake.
wanted to make sure there was always access to the east
end of the lake within the Village of Pewaukee,”
Woldanski said, adding that village officials wanted to
partner with someone who knew it would be open to the
public and a park.
was the purpose of the request for proposal. She has
heard from two interested parties so far with questions.
The people wanted to see the property and know how big
the area of the bait shop is.
“There is interest, but people are figuring out if that
is what they want,” Woldanski said. The RFP is available
until Dec. 2, and if no proposals are received, there is
potential for the Parks & Recreation Department to do
something with the property.
department gave a deadline before the first of next
year. Woldanski said if someone wanted to live there
they could do that in the beginning of the year instead
of next summer. The second and third floors include
three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, formal
living room and a wrap around deck.
Information on RFP
RFP document is located on the City of Pewaukee website
that specifies what the department is looking for and
left it pretty open as far as flexibility, we didn’t say
it has to be rented from this date to this date,”
Interested parties would need to send in proposals to
Woldanski by Dec. 2 of what they were looking at doing
to the property.
hopes people will include history about themselves or
other background. The City and Village of Pewaukee’s
joint Park & Rec board will review them at its monthly
meeting on Dec. 9. If the board finds someone it is
interested in, members would set up a meeting to discuss
a formal agreement.
Woldanski said she has received positive comments from
Pewaukee residents at Village meetings.
“People are happy we would be able to keep access to the
lake,” she said. Also residents wanted to keep the
Smokey’s building there since it has been a part of the
community for so long.
sees a potential for another park that could be a jewel
in the community and something people can use.
is just a really great opportunity and possibilities are
endless,” she said.
information can be found at