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Muskego Park could get unusual boost from city

Oct. 1, 2012

Muskego - For the first time, a city park may be developed with tax money instead of landfill fees or other funding sources.

In the proposed 2013 city budget, about $1 million would go to push development of Park Arthur, W17833 College Ave. Without the tax dollars, it could take a decade for the large park to be created from landfill fees, Craig Anderson, parks, recreation and forestry director, has said.

The Muskego Common Council, sitting as a committee of the whole, agreed and left the money in the proposed budget that will go to a public hearing Oct. 22.

The infusion of cash will mean the pavilion can be built, all four baseball fields can be lighted and paving of an access road and parking lots can be finished, he said.

By the end of this year, the park will gain a regulation-size baseball diamond, with 90-foot basepaths, funded by the Muskego Warriors youth baseball league, as well as three smaller diamonds funded by the Muskego Athletic Association. It will also have overflow parking lot for boat trailers, the archery range, the sledding hill and the entrance off College Avenue.

Still to be discussed are a proposed ice rink, playground and equestrian and pedestrian trails, Anderson said.

The other major feature of the proposed parks budget is an additional $5,000 for park maintenance.

Because the city will get more state revenue than expected, several improvements totaling $49,500 also were included in the proposed budget for Idle Isle. The bulk of that money would be used to expand the parking lot by 20 stalls and improve the path from the parking lot to the shelter, the latter of which would make the facilities friendlier to those with handicaps.

In addition to those city expenditures, the Little Muskego Lake Association would like to provide a boat rinse station. Such facilities reduce the chances that invasive species will travel from lake to lake on boat hulls.

- Jane Ford-Stewart

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