The Place You Cannot Swim

By: Katy Stankevitz



Decades of pollutions poisoned the Fox River and Green Bay but cleanup efforts offer new promise.

One of my favorite places as a child growing up in Green Bay was Bay Beach. Bay Beach is an amusement park with a giant slide, ­bumper cars and a slew of other carnival rides, including my favorite: the ferris wheel. I remember the flush of anxiety I got from mixed excitement and nerves when I was finally old enough to hop into the carriage and take the trip to the top with my mom. The ride always felt too fast and too short, a circular blur of wind, color and laughs.

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