Bristol board gets peek at park concept


The plan for the community park north and east of the Bristol Bay condos calls for a trail system throughout the property.

The land that wraps around the Bristol Bay condominium development could one day be a showcase of native plant and animal life accessed by a trail system and restored by public works employees and volunteers.

That was the concept administrator Randy Kerkman presented to the Town Board at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

The town has been collecting impact fees related to the property for six years, and the time has come to begin figuring out how to spend the funds, Kerkman explained.

Kerkman foresees public works employees in down times replacing invasive species like buckthorn and box elder with native species like oak and maple trees. Crews would likely work on restoring one area at a time.

It was suggested that Scouts or other community groups also might want to help with work at the site.

The plans call for a mowed trail system through the property and a perhaps a couple of lookout spots or gazebos. Boardwalks might need to be used in some areas to bridge wet areas.

Though the project might take “15 to 20 years” to complete, Kerkman said the result should show “what Wisconsin really was like” when finished.

There is no parking planned at this point for people wanting to use the park. Supervisor Colleen Fisch suggested the trail be modified to connect with the Highways 45 and 50 intersection, which might be attractive for people from town wanting to reach the intersection or County Center workers who might want to walk in the park. Supervisor John McCabe then suggested that connecting to the County Center might create parking for people who wanted to use the park.

“We should have something nice, eventually,” Fisch said.

Kerkman said he will run the preliminary plan by the town’s planner before bringing it back to the board for formal approval.


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