FIVE YEAR PARK PLAN

 

·       1997 - 2002

 

TOWN OF MENASHA

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WISCONSIN

 

 12/12/96

 

PREPARED BY:

TOWN OF MENASHA PARK COMMISSION

THE PARK DEPARTMENT

IN COOPERATION  WITH THE

DIRECTOR OF  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

AND  THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN PREPARED

BY:

VANDEWALLE ASSOCIATES 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 1996
A B S T R A C T

TITLE:                                     TOWN OF MENASHA FIVE YEAR PARK PLAN

AUTHORS:                                         GEORGE L. DEARBORN, JR.

                                                            DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

 

                                                            RON KRUEGER

                                                            PARK FOREMAN

 

SUBJECT:                                           PARK AND RECREATION PLAN FOR 1997 - 2002

 

DATE:                                                                  DECEMBER, 1996

 

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY:        TOWN OF MENASHA PLANNING COMMISSION

 

SOURCE OF COPIES:                       TOWN OF MENASHA MUNICIPAL OFFICES

                                                            2000 MUNICIPAL DRIVE

                                                            NEENAH, WI   54956 - 5665

 

The Five Year Park Plan for the Town of Menasha provides a guideline for the future development of the Town’s Park System.  Furthermore, the plan also provides a guideline for open space and other related recreational needs within the community.

Components of the Five Year Plan include goals and strategies, park standards, identification of existing facilities, analysis of recreational needs, plan recommendations and a five year improvement program.  The park plan will encompass a planning period from 1997 - 2002 and provide the Town of Menasha with  eligibility for that time frame.  In addition the park plan will also qualify the Town of Menasha for various state-funded recreational programs.


 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

 The Town of Menasha Park Commission recommended adoption of the Five Year Park Plan.  The Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors adopted the park plan by Resolution

 

TOWN BOARD OFFICIALS

Arden Tews, Town Chair

Carlene Sprague, Town Clerk

Bridget Greuel                          Jerry Jurgensen

Allen Nennig                             Robert Sprague

 

TOWN PLANNING COMMISSION

Arden Tews, Town Chair

Chuck Lewis                            Bridget Greuel

Jim Jacobs                                Dennis Jochman

Harold Clifford             Roy Kuehn

 

TOWN PARK COMMISSION

              Richard Gawinski,  President

   Roy Kuehn, Vice President

Judy Holtz                                Herb Horn

John Zaborsky                          Glen Allen

                        Shirley Neumann


 
CONTENTS

                                                                                                                                                                PAGE

INTRODUCTION                                                                                            ........................................................................................ 6

GOALS and STRATEGIES............................................................................. 9

EXISTING FACILITIES............................................................................... 12

          Community Park..................................................................................... 12

           Neighborhood Park............................................................................... 14

           Other Recreational Facilities................................................................... 15

                Quasi-Public..................................................................................... 15

                 Schools........................................................................................... 16

RECREATIONAL NEEDS............................................................................. 19

           Locational Needs.................................................................................. 19

           Facility Needs....................................................................................... 20

RECOMMENDATIONS................................................................................ 24

IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM....................................................................... 30

TABLES:

            TABLE   I - POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS...........................   7

             TABLE II - TOWN OF MENASHA - PARK FACILITIES..............   7

FIGURES:

            FIGURE   I - COMMUNITY LOCATION............................................

            FIGURE  II - TOWN OF MENASHA PARKS......................................

            FIGURE III - PARK & RECREATION SERVICE AREAS...................

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Situated within the rapidly developing Fox Cities Metro Area, the Town of Menasha can best be described as a community that has experienced substantial urban growth within the last 30 years.  Geographically located within the Appleton-Oshkosh SMSA, the Town encompasses approximately 12.5 square miles of area in the extreme northeastern portion of Winnebago County.

Community Profile

As illustrated by Figure I - Community Location, the Town of Menasha is centrally located within the heart of the Tri-County Urbanized area which includes Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties.  The Town is bordered on the north by the Town of Grand Chute and the City of Appleton in Outagamie County.  The eastern boundary of the Town is commonly shared with the Town of Harrison, the City of Appleton and the City of Menasha which have extended into the portion of Calumet County.

 

A common southern boundary is shared with the City of Menasha and the shoreline of Lake Winnebago on the east side.  On the west side of Little Lake Butte des Morts, the southern boundary of the Town of Menasha is shared with the City of Neenah and the Town of Neenah.  Finally, the western limits of the Town extend to North Clayton Avenue where a common boundary is shared with the Town of Clayton.

 

Surface water comprises an integral part of the physical characteristics within the Town.  Major water bodies include Lake Winnebago, Little Lake Butte des Morts, the Fox River and Mud Creek.

Transportation systems are well defined within the community.  U.S. Highway 41 is the major highway artery that nearly bisects the Town in a north-south direction.  This facility has been upgraded to six lanes.  The Tri-County Freeway (STH 441) U.S. 10 extension which will facilitate traffic movement on the west side of the Town of Menasha.  It is scheduled for opening in the fall of 1997 in conjunction with the completion of the West Side Arterial, County CB and the redirection of American Drive. 

 

 

In terms of development, the Town of Menasha has experienced substantial growth in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Growth in the late 90s is anticipated to increase following the completion of the U.S. 10 extension and County CB.  Presently, about 95 percent of the new residential, commercial and industrial development is occurring west of Little Lake Butte des Morts.  In the past several years, the Town has added approximately 130 new residential dwelling units per year.  Most of the new dwelling units have been single-family homes.  The Town is now beginning to see some multiple family development also.

 

Correlated closely with the physical growth in the Town has been the increased population growth in the community.  The population growth from 1950 to 1990 is shown in Table 1. 

TABLE 1

YEAR                                      POPULATION           PERCENT CHANGE

1950                                          3,007

1960                                          5,480                         82%

1970                                          8,682                         58%

1980                                        12, 307                        42%

1990                                        13, 975                        14%

Source: 1950-1990 Census

 

Table 2 shows the estimated population from 1990 to 2015.

                                       TABLE 2

YEAR                                      POPULATION          

1992                                        14, 285                       

1995                                        14, 948

1996                                        15, 008

2000                                        15,811

2005                                        16, 516

2010                                        17, 038

2015                                        17,583

Source: State of Wisconsin

Park and Recreation Planning

The Five Year Park Plan for 1991-1995 represents the fourth major planning effort in the Town of Menasha since 1977.  The Open Space and Recreation Plan prepared in 1977 represented the first comprehensive park and recreation planning effort in the community.  Subsequent plan updates were done in 1981 and 1986  & 1991.

 

In addition to the updated park plan being prepared; the Town of Menasha Park Commission has created a program called “FRIENDS OF THE PARKS” which has generated in excess of $7,000 in donations for park improvements.  Implementation of this program began in 1989.

 

Furthermore, the Town of Menasha has utilized an “Open Space Fee” program to generate additional revenue.  Approximately $25,000 is collected annually for park improvements and development.

 

Today, the Town of Menasha Park System comprises 12 different parks with nearly 150 acres of public-owned land set aside to provide open space facilities and recreational pursuits in the community.

 

 

GOALS AND STRATEGIES

In the Town of Menasha, community goals and strategies provide the essential framework for meeting present and future community desires and needs.  The goals and strategies are based upon the collective efforts of the Town Park Commission, the Director of Community Development and Park staff after meeting and identifying specific Town needs and priorities.  Further efforts were also extended to the task of identifying needed Park and Recreational improvements that will continue to make the Town of Menasha a very pleasant place in which to live.

 

Goals represent common community ideals that are brought about by a course of action, rather than a physical end product and, therefore,  may not be actually attainable.

Strategies are a specific course of action that can be used by local government, private enterprise, institutions groups or individual citizens to accomplish the stated goal.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES

Goal

To conserve, protect, and improve the environmental resources of the Town.

Strategies

Use zoning ordinances and official mapping to protect wetlands, shorelands, prime agricultural lands, woodlands, and floodplains from development.

Ensure that future development does not disrupt natural drainageways in the Town.

 

PARKS AND OPEN SPACE

Goal

Provide a park system and recreational facilities that will offer a variety of resources to all Town of Menasha residents.

 

Strategies

Provide park and recreational facilities to serve all existing and future residential areas.

Provide active and passive recreational areas to meet the needs of the Town’s elderly and handicapped.

Preserve structures and sites that reflect the historical and natural heritage of the Town.

Use the Town’s official mapping powers and zoning ordinance to preserve areas designated for future park and recreation use.

Encourage community/school cooperation in providing additional recreation facilities at school sites.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXISTING FACILITIES

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RECREATIONAL NEEDS
EXISTING FACILITIES

 

In the Town of Menasha there are a total of twelve parks that offer a variety of recreational facilities to the residents of the community  A total of 149 acres are available for outdoor recreational use at these sites.  There are other public, quasi-public and private recreational facilities that are situated in the Town for enjoyment by residents.

This section of the Five Year Park Plan will identify the various park facilities in terms of size, location and available facilities.  The parks will be presented and classified as community, neighborhood or recreation tot lots.

COMMUNITY PARKS

The following parks are classified as Community Park facilities:

O’Hauser Park

This park is located on the west side of the Town and encompasses 67 acres.  Situated on Irish Road and O’Leary Road (Figure 2), the park offers a variety of facilities and uses.  Existing facilities include shelters with kitchen facilities, restrooms, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playground equipment, sledding hill, picnic areas, soccer fields, cross-country ski-trails, hiking trail, a nature area night lighting, Frisbee Golf course, and parking areas.

 

O’Hauser Park has extensive areas that are presently undeveloped, however,  a number of improvements are scheduled for the next five years.  The area designated for hiking-trails, cross-country skiing and nature enjoyment will remain virtually unchanged.

Wittmann Park

Wittmann Park is located near the intersection of Airport Road and Mayer Street on the east side.  The 25 acre community park has been developed extensively during the 1980’s.  Facilities include a shelter and restrooms, picnic areas, tennis courts, playground apparatus, basketball courts, landscaping, night lighting, and parking areas.

There is additional land area available in the park to accommodate future facilities such as soccer and baseball fields.  Based on the original site plan that was prepared by the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, a man-made swimming lake was a recommended improvement.

Schildt Park

Schildt Park is located on Cold Spring Road on the west side of the Town of Menasha.  When fully developed, the park will truly function as a community park.  Most of the facilities for Schildt Park have been developed in the 1980’s.  Facilities include a shelter with restrooms, picnic areas, playground equipment, open play fields, a kitchen, landscaping, a pond, night lighting, and parking areas.  The 10 acre park is proposed for future expansion in terms of land acquisition and additional facilities.

Fritsch Park

This park is located on Sandys Lane approximately four blocks west of South Oneida Street on the east side of the Town.  The 18 acre park includes  a kitchen and a shelter with restrooms.  Other facilities include picnic areas, playground equipment, softball diamonds open playfields,  landscaping, a sledding hill and an ice rink, night lighting and parking areas.  The park is fully developed as a neighborhood facility.

Palisades Park

This 16 acre neighborhood park is located at the intersection of Valley Road and Theresa Avenue on the east side of Town.  The park is fully developed with such facilities as shelter as a kitchen and restrooms, picnic areas, softball diamonds, tennis and volleyball courts, landscaping, playground equipment, night lighting and parking areas.  A very special feature of Palisades Park is the wheelchair exercise course and handicapped assessable shelter that has been developed by the Town of Menasha Lion’s Club.  This park also houses the former Town office building on the property.

Fritse Park

This five acre park is located in the 800 block along North Lake Street on the west side.  The park is a very unique neighborhood facility that provides several special uses such as a boat launch and a historical marker (Hill of the Dead) identifying a Winnebago Indian burial ground.  Other facilities include a small shelter with restrooms, a picnic area, playground equipment, a softball diamond, open play areas, horse shoe pits, landscaping, night lighting, a sledding hill, and parking areas for vehicles and boat trailers.  The park itself has approximately 200 feet of shoreline along Little Lake Butte des Morts. 

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

The following parks are classified as neighborhood parks and usually are smaller in size and serve a limited number of residential subdivisions.

Butte de Morts Park

Butte des Morts Park is a small neighborhood facility located at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Frances Street on the east side of the Town.  The 2.1 acres of land area are actually divided into two parcels.  Approximately .5 of an acre is situated along the east shoreline of Little Lake Butte des Morts, and consists of a sitting area, landscaping, a small boat launch, and open area.

The remaining 1.6 acres of park land are located at the southeast corner of Frances Street and Lakeshore Drive.  This area includes a natural trail, playground equipment and landscaping.  Additional property would be needed to expand the park facilities.

Strohmeyer Park

This 1.5 acre park is located in the 600 block of Margeo Drive near the Bondow Drive intersection.  The park provides facilities for the residents that live in the Margo Acres subdivision on the west side of the Town.  Facilities include picnic apparatus, playground equipment, and landscaping.

 

 

Roy Kuehn Park

This park is a tot lot park located near the north end of Vera Avenue.  This park included swings, and sand box, picnic tables and a slide.

Westfield Park

Located on the west side in the 1300 block of Fieldstone Court, this small Rec-Tot Lot serves the Westfield Estates subdivision.  Facilities include playground equipment, landscaping and picnic facilities.  Expansion of the park is not feasible at the present site.

Kippenhan Park

This small park on the west side is located in the 800 block of Louise Road.  Serving several small subdivisions, the park includes picnic facilities, playground equipment and landscaping.  This park site will not be expanded during the five year planning period.

Pearl Stroebe-Cox

This park is very new in the Town and will be a nature park located on Stroebe Island.

OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Within the Town of Menasha, there are other park and recreational facilities that compliment the Town Park system.  Several of these facilities can be classified as quasi-public, while the remaining facilities are associated with the school districts serving the Town of Menasha residents.  Most of these recreation facilities are located within the community, or in close proximity to the Town boundaries.

QUASI-PUBLIC

Youth Sports

The 10.5 acre site for Youth Sports is located on Earl Street, north of Airport Road.  Facilities include shelter buildings and restrooms, baseball and softball diamonds, a basketball court, soccer fields and parking areas.

In addition, Youth Sports also leases approximately eight (8) acres of land from the Town of Menasha and utilizes the acreage for soccer fields.  The land is located directly south of the Youth Sports property.

Tri-County Ice Arena

This facility is located on the west side of the Town of Menasha at 700 East Shady Lane.  The arena has a large ice rink and spectator viewing area.  The facility is used extensively for ice skating, hockey and other related sporting events, as well as a display center for trade shows serving the Fox Cities area.  A second large ice rink was built outside and is only used during the winter months.

Club West Limited

Club West is located at 720 E. Shady Lane, just west of the Tri County Ice Arena.  The facility has been under new ownership and management since 1989 and has been totally renovated.  Facilities include indoor tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts, handball courts, as well as a swimming pool..  Specialized facilities include a running track, exercise and weight rooms.  A restaurant, lounge and banquet hall are also located at the site.  Some of the facilities are available to the public, while most specialized facilities require club membership and/or user fees.

Butte des Morts Country Club

The Butte des Morts Country Club, which is open to  club members and guests only, is located just north of the Town, adjacent to West Prospect Avenue and Bluemound Road.  The 160 acre site provides an 18 hole golf course, driving range, tennis courts, a swimming pool, pro shop and club house facilities.

SCHOOLS

There are several school facilities that provide recreational opportunities for Town of Menasha residents.  On the east side these facilities include the UW Fox Valley Campus, Maplewood Middle School and the Gegan Elementary School.  On the west side, the Spring Road Elementary School is available for recreational use.  Presently under construction is the St. Mary Central High School on the corner of Jacobsen and Cold Spring roads.

UW Fox Valley Center

The UW Fox Valley Campus is located at 1478 Midway Road in the City of Menasha.  Outdoor recreational facilities include several soccer fields, tennis courts and hard surfaced multi-purpose courts.  Presently, the campus is undergoing a major expansion program that includes the construction of a new gymnasium and a new arboretum.

Maplewood Middle School

The fall of 1991 will mark the return use of the Maplewood facility to the Menasha School District as a middle school.  Located at 1600 Midway Road in Menasha.   Outdoor recreational facilities include all purpose playfields, multi-purpose hard courts; while the site also contains an indoor gymnasium.  Additional recreational facilities may be provided by the Menasha School District in the near future.

Gegan Elementary School

This elementary school is operated by the Menasha School District and is located at 675 Airport Road in the City of Menasha.  Besides an indoor gymnasium, outdoor recreational facilities include multi-purpose playfields, hard surfaced play courts and various pieces of playground apparatus.

Spring Road Elementary School

Situated on the west side of the Town of Menasha, this elementary school is located at 1191 State Highway 150, adjacent to US Highway 41.  The school is operated by the Neenah Joint School District and provides various recreational facilities.  Besides an indoor gymnasium, the 8 acre site has several softball diamonds, a multi-purpose playfield, hard surfaced play courts, tennis courts and playground equipment.  If the school structure is not expanded in the near future, there is adequate land area to renovate and provide additional recreational facilities.

 

 

Calder Stadium

The final recreational facility to be reviewed is Calder Stadium located at 600 Eleventh Street in the City of Menasha.  The stadium provides an excellent site for football games, track meets and other outdoor sporting events.  Both the Menasha School District and St. Mary’s High School use the facility extensively for their respective athletic events during the fall and spring seasons.  Special events are also held at the stadium during the summer months such as the Drum & Bugle Corps Competition.
RECREATIONAL NEEDS

To property evaluate the park and recreational needs of a community, there are several criteria that must be considered.  In the Town of Menasha, the criteria will include locational needs, walking and biking trail needs, as well as facility needs for the Town Park System.

After review by the Town Park Commission and the Town Planning Department, it has been determined that adequate acreage exists for park and recreational purposes for the next five years.  Based on the generally accepted urban standard of ten acres of land per 1,000 residents, the Town currently has a surplus of approximately 24 acres.  This figure is based on a current population estimate of 15,008 residents, and 169 acres of public park and recreational land which is either owned by the Town of Menasha or the Menasha and Neenah Joint School Districts.

Locational Needs

Although the Town of Menasha is served by 12 different parks that are located throughout the community, there are several residential neighborhoods where park facilities are not found.

The northeast corner of the Town bordered by Calumet and Oneida Streets lacks park and recreational facilities.  This area is best served by the Foster Elementary School and Hoover Park in the City of Appleton.

Residential development which is situated north of Valley Road and west of Palisades Lane is not adequately served by park facilities.  Most residents in this area must either bike or drive to the nearby Palisades Park located at Valley Road and Theresa Avenue.

The Park Service Area, which is illustrated in Figure 3, also identifies the Brighton Beach area as lacking park facilities.  However, this area is in close proximity to park facilities located in the City of Menasha.

On the West side of the Town of Menasha, most established residential subdivisions are adequately served by existing park facilities.  However a major deficiency exists in the area bounded by East Shady Lane and Cold Spring Road.  Located northeast of this intersection are three subdivisions and a mobile home park where no park facilities are available.  Most residents in this area must travel to Schildt Park which is located on Cold Spring Road to make use of park facilities.

Another problem area is the accessibility of park and recreation facilities in the vicinity of the Spring Road Elementary School which is located near the U.S. Highway 41 and State Highway 150 interchange area.  The school and adjoining playground area are situated near a busy interchange and intersection where young children cannot safely cross the highway without supervision.  Highways 41 and 150 actually form physical barriers on the north and east sides of the school playground area.

Remaining residential neighborhoods are within close proximity to either existing Town park facilities, or near park and recreational facilities in the adjacent cities of Appleton, Menasha and Neenah.

Facility Needs

The twelve parks that comprise the Town Park system provide a variety of facilities for residents to use and enjoy.  However, there are various facilities that are inadequate at the present time.  Listed below is a summary of recreational facilities that need to be expanded in the Town of Menasha.

Softball Diamonds                                            Night Lighting

Shelters - Pavilions                                           Hiking Trails

Restrooms                                                        Bicycle Trails

Volleyball Courts                                              Another Lake Park

Tennis Courts                                                   Frisbee Golf Courses

Playground Equipment                          Senior Citizen Areas

Landscaping                                                     Northeast Neighborhood Park

Swimming Lake                                                Handicapped Playground Apparatus

Picnic Areas                                                     Additional Public Access to Lakes and Rivers

Soccer Fields

Facilities that are most needed in the community parks include picnic areas, soccer fields, shelters-pavilions with restrooms, softball diamonds, landscaping, tennis courts and hiking trails.  These facilities should be incorporated into O’Hauser, Wittmann and Schildt Park when improvements or facilities are added to these community parks.

Within the neighborhood parks, major facility needs include softball diamonds, shelters with restrooms, playground equipment, sand volleyball courts,  landscaping and night lighting.  In addition, neighborhood parks such as O’Hauser and Fritse are in need of refurbishing existing facilities.  Most of these parks are in need of resurfacing driveways, parking lots and tennis courts.  Existing picnic shelters and restrooms in several parks are also in need of upgrading.

Facility needs within the neighborhood lots - parks are fairly minimal when compared to other larger parks in the Town of Menasha Park System.  There are some apparatus needs in our smaller parks.

Other park and recreational facilities are also needed in the Town of Menasha.  However, these facilities are not always provided within the established Town Park System.

The establishment of an urban bike trail system within the Town is a specialized facility.  The trail system is intended to provide Town residents with another recreational amenity that would not be located in a park  These trails would probably be established along existing Town streets or along natural drainageways or other natural features such as a river or lake and with the ability to inter-connect with parks and subdivisions.

Another potential need in the community is the development and establishment of multi-purpose recreational trails.  The multi-purpose trails are intended to accommodate such recreational pursuits as hiking, jogging, walking, roller-blading and possible bicycle use.  These trails could potentially be developed along the shorelines of Lake Winnebago, Little Lake Butte des Morts, or along the natural drainageways - particularly on the west side of the Town.  The Town has also identified pedestrian ways adjacent to arterial streets within the Town. 

Additional public access to the shorelines of Lake Winnebago and Little Lake Butte des Morts are also recreational needs that should be considered as needs.  Although passive in nature, public access points along rivers and lakes provide excellent sources of beauty and enjoyment for people of all ages.

A final park and recreational need identified for the Town of Menasha is the need to have the community and school districts work cooperatively towards providing park and recreational facilities.  The Menasha and Neenah Joint School Districts should designate community days or evenings whereby gyms and indoor swimming pools, etc. are made available to Town residents residing in the respective districts.

Likewise, if the opportunity becomes available to develop a joint neighborhood school - parks site, the Town of Menasha and the appropriate school district should proceed to develop the site and facilities cooperatively.  This approach would certainly eliminate the duplication of services - facilities - and yet extend the public tax dollar to its maximum use for school, park and recreational facilities.

This concept and approach might very well be used in the vicinity of Irish Road and Jacobsen Road where the Neenah Joint School District has acquired 30 acres of land for future use


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

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IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
RECOMMENDATIONS

To enhance the Town of Menasha Park System, there are various improvements that are recommended during the next five years.  The emphasis has been placed on improving and upgrading the existing parks, rather than acquiring land and developing new park facilities.  Most of the facility improvements are recommended for the community and neighborhood parks where the most extensive use of facilities are anticipated.

Many of the park improvement recommendations are intended to replace or upgrade existing park facilities.  Other recommendations are keyed into the addition of facilities at the various community and neighborhood parks.

This section of the Five Year Park Plan will provide recommendations for the community parks, neighborhood parks and recreation tot lots in the Town Park System.  The recommendations are followed by the improvement program targeted for the years 1997-2002.

COMMUNITY PARKS

The following recommendations are proposed for the community parks in the Town of Menasha:

O’Hauser Park                         N & S.   New Shelter

There are a variety of improvements recommended for O’Hauser Park during the next five years.

·   New picnic areas should be developed where the additional acreage was recently acquired for the park.

·   A drainage area in the park for a retention pond.

·   New playground apparatus should be added to the park.

·   Develop a Frisbee Golf Course for the park south of O’Leary Road.

·   A new restroom building and kitchen should be added to the north side pavilion.

·   The existing tennis courts should be resurfaced and provided with night lighting.

·   The existing ball diamond should be tiled to improve the drainage.

·   O’Hauser Park can be further enhanced by developing and paving new walkways.

Wittmann Park

In Wittmann Park, the following facility improvements are recommended for the next five years.

·   The driveway and parking lot in the park should be resurfaced and expanded.

·   Existing playground equipment should be upgraded and replaced.

·   A new softball diamond, soccer fields, and gazebo should be constructed and added to the park.

·   Undeveloped land areas in the park should be landscaped and seeded.

·   Schildt Park

There are a number of improvements recommended for this west side park.

·   The creek bank will require stabilization and improvement.

·   Undeveloped land areas within the park require site preparation and landscaping as necessary.

·   New playground equipment should be installed at the park.

·   A softball diamond should be developed.

·   Sometime in the next five years, Schildt park should be expanded by adding another five acres of land to accommodate additional facilities.

Fritsch Park

This east side park is recommended for a number of improvements during the next five years:

·       New fencing is needed for the baseball diamond.

·       New playground apparatus is recommended for installation in the park.

·       New horse shoe courts should be developed.

·       The existing gravel parking lot is recommended for paving in the next five years.

·       The existing driveways and the remaining parking lot should be resurfaced.

Palisades Park

There are several major improvements recommended for Palisades Park which is a neighborhood park located on the east side of Town:

·       A new softball diamond is proposed for the park.

·       Add additional handicapped and conventional playground equipment.

·       Existing fencing along the present softball diamond should be repaired or replaced.

Fritse Park

This smaller neighborhood park which is located on the west shore of Little Lake Butte des Morts has several improvements recommended during the five year planning period.

·          The existing driveway and parking lot area should be resurfaced.

·          The existing park shelter should be replaced to accommodate additional uses.

·          New playground equipment is also recommended for installation at the park.

·          Fishing piers are also recommended for installation along the shoreline of Little Lake Butte des Morts.  There may be a possible solution for a trail across the lake along the railway bed connecting the two shores.  There should be continued improvements made in the shoreline here.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

In the next five years, only limited improvements are recommended for the recreation-tot lots that comprise a small portion of the Town of Menasha Park System.

Butte des Morts Park

·        Additional  playground equipment.

·        Secure shoreline erosion.

RECREATION LOTS - PARKS

·          Strohmeyer Park should have additional playground equipment added to the facility in the next several years.

·          Westfield Park should also have additional and updated playground apparatus installed at the park.

·          In Kippenhan Park, the existing playground equipment should be upgraded or replaced during the planning period.

·          In Kuehn Park   more park equipment.

BIKE TRAIL SYSTEM

By 1997, it is recommended that the first phase of an urban bike trail system be developed in the Town of Menasha.  The intent of such a trail system is to connect or link various residential neighborhoods with park sites, rivers, lakes and other prominent natural or man-made features.  Planning and establishing the trail system should be a joint effort of the Park Department and Planning Department.

Palisades - Lakeshore Drive Area

The Palisades - Lakeshore Drive area is proposed as the top priority for a bike trail system in the Town of Menasha.  This east side trail would essentially link two residential neighborhoods that border along the shoreline of Little Lake Butte des Morts.  Development of the trail system would probably link Palisades Drive, Lakeshore Drive, Valley Road, Racine Street, Little Lake Butte des Morts and the Northridge Subdivision (located in the City of Menasha) and connect them to Palisades Park.

O’Hauser Park and Schildt Park

A second bike trail system is recommended for the west side of the Town that would connect O’Hauser Park with Schildt Park.  The trail system would actually follow the course of the natural drainageway between the two community parks.  To insure that the trail system can be developed, the natural drainageway should be officially mapped by the Town of Menasha in 1997, to reserve the corridor area for recreational purposes as well as natural drainage.

OTHER RECREATIONAL TRAILS

During the five year plan period, the Town Park Commission should support the trail system proposed as a part of the Town of Menasha Comprehensive Plan.

Other trail systems may be developed along existing Town right-of-ways such as North Lake Street and West Butte des Morts Beach Road on the west side, with a possibility of continuing a trail across the lake along the railroad bridge.  On the east side, a trail system could be developed along Lakeshore Drive and Tayco Street that connects the Town of Menasha with the City of Menasha.

Other potential recreational corridors and trails should be developed over a period of years after careful planning has been done by the Town Park Commission,  and the Town’s Community Development Staff.

BEYOND 2001

Beyond the five year park plan  there are other proposed improvements and recommendations that will enhance the Town Park System after 2001.  Proposed improvements include the following:

·          Land should be acquired on the west side of the Town of Menasha to facilitate the development of a future neighborhood park.  Approximately 15 to 20 acres should be acquired for the future park site.

·          The Town landfill located on East Shady Lane in Section 5 should be considered for development.  The landfill has the potential to be utilized for such facilities as sledding and tobogganing hills-runs, cross country skiing, hiking trails, terrain courses for non-motorized dirt bikes, a par 3 golf course, ball diamonds and other unspecified uses.

·          A future park is recommended for the west shoreline of Little Lake Butte des Morts.  The proposed lakeshore park should encompass approximately 10 to 15 acres with a significant amount of water frontage.  Located in Section 9, the property presents a golden opportunity to develop a unique water front park in the Town.

      To protect the undeveloped property, the Town of Menasha should utilize its Official Mapping Powers, under Chapters 60, 62, and 236 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  In addition, Chapter 6.44 of the Town’s Municipal Code sets forth specific requirements for the Official Map.  Through the Official Mapping process, the subject property can be reserved and protected from encroachment by other forms of urban development.  Although the park is not proposed for acquisition and development until after 1996; the Official Mapping of the property is recommended to occur as soon as possible.

·            A final park recommendation is to acquire property for the development of a small neighborhood park in the northeast section of the Town.  The 2 to 5 acre park site should be located in the vicinity of Calumet Street, South Oneida Street and West Wilson Avenue.  As a neighborhood facility, the park is intended to primarily serve the outdoor recreational needs of the single-family and multi-family dwelling units that are concentrated in the area.  Again, the proposed park area should be Officially Mapped by the Town of Menasha as soon as possible.


·            IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

To implement the recommendations of the Five Year Park Plan for the Town of Menasha, an Improvement Program has been prepared for the Town Park System.  The proposed improvements as identified, should occur between the years of 1996 to 2001.  Major improvements have been targeted for the Community and neighborhood parks in the Town.

Expanded facilities would be provided at O’Hauser, Schildt and Wittmann parks which function as community size recreational parks and open space areas.  Improvements at the neighborhood parks such as Fritsch Fritse and Palisades is directed more towards the refurbishing or replacement of existing facilities.  Such improvements may include replacement of shelters, upgrading softball diamonds, or resurfacing tennis courts and parking lots.

                                                                                                ESTIMATED

                                                                                                PROJECT COST

A.    COMMUNITY PARKS

O’Hauser Park                                                                         Both N & S   Area

New Restroom Building        ..............................................................        $60,000.           (1997)

Resurface Tennis Courts        .......................................................          20,000.           (1999)

New Playground Apparatus    .....................................................            8,000.           (1998)

New South Pavilion……………………………………………........        125,000.           (1999)

Drain Tile the Ball Diamonds...............................................................            5,000.           (1999)

Develop & Pave New Walkways.......................................................            7,000.           (1997)

Tennis Court Lighting.........................................................................            5,000.           (2000)

Wittmann Park

Landscaping & Seeding of Open Areas...............................................        $15,000.           (1997)

New Softball Diamond.......................................................................          20,000.           (2000)

Resurface Parking Lot & Driveway......................................................         35,000.           (1998)      

Gazebo............................................................................................        $20,000.           (2000)

Replace Playground Equipment...........................................................          10,000.           (1999)

Schildt Park

Site Preparation and Landscaping........................................................         30,000.           (1999)

Gazebo...............................................................................................         20,000.           (1998)

Playground Apparatus.........................................................................         10,000.           (1999)

Fritsch Park

Pave New Parking Lot.......................................................................            6,000.           (1998)

Playground Apparatus.......................................................................          10,000.           (1999)

Palisades Park

Fence Replacement..........................................................................            6,500.           (1998)

Install Handicapped Playground Equipment......................................            5,000.           (2000)

Playground Apparatus.....................................................................          10,000.           (1999)

Fritse Park

Resurface Parking Lot & Driveway.................................................          20,000.           (1997)

New Shelter Addition....................................................................        100,000.           (2000)

Playground Apparatus..................................................................          10,000.           (1999)

Fishing Piers.................................................................................            5,000.           (2000)

B.    NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

Butte des Morts Park

Improve Shoreline Erosion

Strohmeyer Park

Playground Apparatus............................................................................            5,000.           (1999)

Westfield Park

Playground Apparatus............................................................................            5,000.           (1999)

Kippenhan Park

Playground Apparatus............................................................................            5,000.           (1998)

Roy Kuehn Park

Playground Apparatus …………………………………………. 5,000. (2000)

C.  OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

Bike Trail Construction.........................................................................          30,000.           (1998)

 

TOTAL COST OF IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM......................                     $__________

PROJECT COSTS BY YEAR:

1991..................... $126,000                                    1996..........................................             _______

1992 ...................... 102,500                                    1997..........................................             _______

1993....................... 125,000                                    1998..........................................             _______

1994....................... 149,000                                    1999..........................................             _______

1995....................... 131,500                                    2000..........................................             _______