As you move throughout Brookfield, the natural views and the feeling of a "City in the Countryside" that residents experience in Brookfield are a result of the City's long standing commitment to the preservation of parks and open space.
The Brookfield Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is responsible for the management of approximately 1,800 acres of land containing 24 parks and over 1,000 acres of open space consisting of wetlands, woodlands and other important natural resource features. This total acreage equals approximately 10% of the total land area of the City.
Upon full implementation of this updated plan, the City would provide a variety of parks and related outdoor recreation facilities; a variety of open space sites; and a system of recreation trails associated with primary environmental corridors connecting the City's parks and linking these parks to the regional trail system and local destination points. Specific recommendations include:
The plan also recommends that all environmental corridors and isolated natural resource areas be protected through public acquisition or through conservancy zoning, zoning for compatible recreation uses, and/or through deed restrictions. The plan also recommends that all wetlands within primary environmental corridors and all wetlands of five acres or larger outside primary environmental corridors be acquired by the City. The plan recommends that the City acquire about 792 acres of environmentally sensitive lands for resource protection purposes.