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Park Arthur Takes Shape

Plans are mostly still on paper, but activities within the park will begin as early as fall, with sledding to follow, and baseball in 2013.

It admittedly takes a little imagination when you walk through the parcel of land that is becoming along Muskego's north side.

The 46-acre park was acquired in 1996 from the Theisenheusen family and was named after Arthur Theisenheusen, the patriarch of the family and whose farm is still nearby.

Flanked by College Avenue and Martin Drive, the land will feature activities not found in any other Muskego parks, like an archery range and large sledding hills. In addition, its proximity to farms in the area also allows for equestrian trails around its perimeter.

For now, much of it is still in the planning stages, but some areas have been 'shaped' to their purpose, and will be ready for recreation soon. A tour was the main event of Monday's Park and Recreation Board meeting.

The archery range, which is set at the park's southern entrance from Martin Drive, will be ready to open this fall with targets donated by the Muskego Kiwanis Club.

The large baseball diamond, at the center of the park, has been graded higher from the rest of the park, and Parks Director Craig Anderson said a home run ball that sails far enough could possibly end up in the pond near the park's south entrance. Baseball fans may consider bringing kayaks, a la San Francisco Giants.

for the large field, and Anderson told the board they have secured $61,000 in donations so far, with at least nine more donors pending. In return, sponsor signage will be hung on the outfield fence and behind the dugouts.

Facing College Avenue will be the sledding hills, which are scheduled to open this winter, provided the snow returns. Several "faces" of the hill feature varying slopes to satisfy the meek to the maniacal on a sled.

With a budget process looming, it's hoped more features can begin to take shape, like completion of paved areas, entrances and signage, and the three smaller baseball fields. The latter will be helped in part by funding from the Muskego Athletic Association.

Anderson had estimated that if all the items on the were approved, about $1.5 million would be put into various projects throughout the parks' system.

mary l July 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Will there be a place in the park for all the wonderful well behaved dogs that live in Muskego or will they be shut out again? If we can have a equestrian trail I sure hope are dogs are allowed in the park there are a lot more dogs then horses in Muskego

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