New park project launches

Westside park project gets off the ground on Bluebird Road
by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


WORK HAS BEGUN at the site of the city of Sheboygan Falls westside park project off of Bluebird Road. Crews have laid down a gravel foundation for a portion of a planned walking path and created a landscape berm at the entrance to the park property. Additional work, including the planting of 15 to 20 trees, is planned for spring 2015. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson WORK HAS BEGUN at the site of the city of Sheboygan Falls westside park project off of Bluebird Road. Crews have laid down a gravel foundation for a portion of a planned walking path and created a landscape berm at the entrance to the park property. Additional work, including the planting of 15 to 20 trees, is planned for spring 2015. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson Despite challenging weather conditions, work is now under way at the sight of the planned city of Sheboygan Falls westside park project.

A $25,000 Sheboygan County Stewardship Grant has allowed the city to create a landscape berm alongside the road and lay the foundation for a portion of a planned walking path that city park planners hope will eventually encircle the entire 36-acre property, located off of Bluebird Road across from Pine Haven’s Prairie Crossing facility.

“We are working on moving some earth for the berm and completing the first 400 feet of the walking path,” Sheboygan Falls Park Board member Bob Hall said. “The grant has given us the ability to work on 1 acre of the property to get the first phase of the project off the ground.


A LANDSCAPE BERM and the foundation for a walking path have been established at the site of the planned westside park project off of Bluebird Road in the city of Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson A LANDSCAPE BERM and the foundation for a walking path have been established at the site of the planned westside park project off of Bluebird Road in the city of Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson “The gravel for the walking path has been put down and we have been kind of waiting on the weather to complete the remainder of this first small phase of the project,” he said.

Hall noted that the $25,000 grant is a matching grant, which means the city must come up with another $25,000 through donations from civic groups, community organizations, businesses and community members.

“The Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club has donated money and labor to help with the first 1-acre portion and the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club has also pledged to support the project,” Hall said. “We are looking for more support like that from the community as we move forward.”

The initial 1-acre section of the park will also include trees from the Kiwanis tree nursery.

“Next spring we are hoping to bring in about 15 to 20 trees from the tree nursery that the Kiwanis Club has been working on,” Hall said. “We are just getting into the process of shaping everything and trying to make it look like some- thing rather than just an open farm field.

“It is beginning to take shape and as we are able to add more elements like the walking path, road, berm and parking spots in the initial phase, we are hoping that interest will continue to build and the community will continue to support the project,” he said. “Next spring people will see more things happening and we hope that will serve a springboard for the future.”

Those interested in making a financial donation or volunteering time to the project, are encouraged to call Bob Hall at 980-0852, Bob Hackel at 377-0422 or Sheboygan Falls City Clerk-Treasurer Joel Tauschek at 467-7900.


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