In 2010-11, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Greenway Corridor Committee collaboratively conducted a process to update the City’s “Park and Open Space Plan” and corresponding “Greenway Corridor Recreational Trail Plan” which were previously adopted in 2001 and 2002 respectively. Public involvement was incorporated into the process to assure that the resulting plans meet the needs and expectations of the community. The Parks and Recreation Commission and Plan Commission approved the updated plan, as prepared by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, which was finally adopted by the Common Council in August 2011.
As a complimentary initiative, the Parks and Recreation Commission conducted a community parks and recreation needs assessment survey during the fall of 2010. The purpose of the survey was to gather input from residents about perceptions and opinions regarding current and future needs related to existing and future parks/trails, enhancements, developments, as well as recreation programs. In addition, the survey is an update of a previous needs assessment conducted in 1998 and provides updated information about perceptions and trends in the community.
The plan updates and corresponding public process will play a critically important role in guiding the growth, development, redevelopment, and preservation of the City’s parks, trails, and open spaces for the next 20 to 25 years.