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Idle Isle Adds Parking in 2013 as Budget Process Winds Down

Along with minor facelifts at park, paving will expand parking and is approved during Committee of the Whole's latest chapter in the budget process; public will get a chance to weigh in Oct. 22.

Idle Isle has come under fire as being a neglected park, and the Committee of the Whole agreed, approving recommended improvements for the park in 2013.

A previous walk-through meeting of the Parks Board, which included aldermen and the mayor, helped to point out areas of need in the park, which many have felt needed more attention than it had been getting.

Improvements will include paving and extending the existing parking area to include 20 additional spots at a cost of $30,000. This is hoped to alleviate overflow parking at a lot two blocks away. In addition, dumpster enclosures will be renovated for $1,750, and additional paving will be done to improve existing paths as well as create a new path between the parking area and the pavilion. An aging boat lift will be removed by the city at no cost, but is awaiting word from the Little Muskego Yacht Club to confirm they no longer own it and have no objection to its removal.

As the budget process comes to a close, the public hearing on the budget was announced. Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at City Hall will be the public's opportunity to provide their feedback on what's in the budget, which will be voted on the following evening by the Common Council.

SBR September 27, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Does that $30,000 take storm water retention into consideration, or is the city going to ignore their own ordinances?
DB September 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
What type of parking will those new 20 spots be, car only or car+trailer?
Denise Konkol (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
So far, this would extend just the regular spaces. Kert Harenda had raised that concern as well, so it may be a consideration for future years.
Denise Konkol (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
We were told something similar by Craig Anderson, so the extension of the lot was a surprise. They will have to get it approved no matter what by the DNR to make sure this does not impact the lake negatively.
Deanna Kuhn Knasinski September 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
FINALLY, that park is a dive. The sand is like cat liter & there's cigarette butts everywhere. More parking is needed as well.

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