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Older section of Horn Park building may be spared to for summer programs

The portion of the Horn Park building with the peaked roof has developed a foundation problem and the Muskego Parks and Recreation Board is considering razing it. The flat-roof newer section that has bathrooms would remain.

The portion of the Horn Park building with the peaked roof has developed a foundation problem and the Muskego Parks and Recreation Board is considering razing it. The flat-roof newer section that has bathrooms would remain.

April 21, 2014

Muskego — It appears that the older section of the Horn Park building that developed a foundation problem will be spared a while longer.

The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board had considered razing the older section of the building, leaving intact the newer area that has bathrooms and where concessions are sold. But support for that plan cooled last week when the board learned of an estimated $20,000 cost to build a wall to seal off the newer area and relocate sewer, water and electrical service into it.

The board had wanted to keep the newer part of the building because it provides bathrooms for the park, S79 W18200 Horn Park Drive, where many children and adults gather for baseball and other activities.

The unexpectedly cost of razing part of the building might eventually make the $70,000 to $100,000 tab for fixing the foundation problem more palatable, speculated Park and Rec Board member Jerry Hulbert.

"It may make more sense, but it needs more study," he said.

In the meantime, the board is stressing that so many recreation programs operate out of old buildings that it would like the city to take into account recreation facilities needs when it reviews the overall city facilities needs.

Since Horn's foundation problem was discovered, programs were temporarily moved to the Old Town Hall. That has been working well, but a crunch is coming this summer as the camp for younger children had been held at Horn.

The recreation department found space for them on the lower level of the Muskego City Hall, but there is just enough room for ages 4 and 5. All 6-year-olds must attend camp for children up to age 12 at the Old Town Hall. For years, 6-year-olds could do that anyway, but now all will have to go.

Meanwhile, the recreation department will look for other accommodations for Horn Park programs.

Tammy Dunn, recreation program manager, said she would meet with the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department and with Muskego Public Library officials to explore possibilities in their facilities.

If the recreation department can use fire stations with kitchens, it might be able to offer long-requested cooking classes for young children, Dunn said.

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