Racine's North Beach restoration is a finalist for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' City Livability Award.
The competition is aimed at improving cities' quality of life; the North Beach project is one of 15 finalists out of 200 applications.
Usage of North Beach has increased from 126 per average weekday in 2005 to 641 in 2008; weekends see more than 5,000 at the beach per day.
The restoration of North Beach has also attracted events like the EVP Pro-Beach Volleyball Tour and the Spirit of Racine Triathlon (which this summer becomes the Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon). The EVP volleyball players voted Racine the Host City of the Year four consecutive years. This year the World Series of Water Cross Jet Ski races will be held here in June.
Later this year, North Beach will become handicapped-accessible directly to the water’s edge.
Winners of the award will be announced in May.