January 27, 2023

Oak Creek is planning to build a pavilion in Abendschein Park with design elements specific to hosting beer gardens.

The city’s plan commission on May 24 unanimously approved site and building plans for the project at 1321 E. Drexel Ave. The plans were created by Milwaukee-based Plunkett Raysich Architects on behalf of Oak Creek.

Plans indicate the structure would encompass 3,573 square feet of enclosed space at the northwest corner of the park north of the parking lot. City code allows for up to 75 people seated at tables but up to 225 standing inside.

Some amenities include bathrooms, a kitchen area — which Oak Creek Director of Community Development Doug Seymour described as a “warming kitchen” where people could also make up sandwiches — and a serving window to get beer or other consumables to those outside the pavilion. The main hall area includes a removable beer tap station, according to city plans.

Large glass garage-style doors would allow access inside.

Outside a 5,000 square-foot gravel area and additional lawn space were shown with a 2,817 square-foot outdoor patio space for outdoor seating.