Thursday, October 25, 2012
Telltale tire ruts appeared sometime between Monday and Tuesday, but sledding is expected to go on in winter.
It appears the sledding hill at Park Arthur looks too enticing for off-roaders, as vandalism to the hill was discovered Wednesday, according to park officials. Parks Director Craig Anderson told Muskego Patch in an email, "I believe this was done Monday or Tuesday night with all the recent rains. It will not derail winter sledding unless the hill sloughs dirt in the area where all this damage was done." This marks the second such damage to the park in the past year with the hills slated to open this coming winter. No word yet on any possible suspects but we will update the story as more information becomes available.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A resident's request for additional access to his property raises concerns over whether city should consider selling any part of public access parcel to private citizens.
The Parks Board deferred a decision to recommend a sale of land to a lake resident looking to get into his own garage and maintain some privacy. This was a problem many admitted Jim Mortle moved into about 18 years ago. His property sits directly adjacent to lake access parcel 12, at the intersection of Park and Lake Drives on Little Muskego Lake. In addition, a portion of his driveway and entrance is also a roadway leading to the parcel, and the city has owned it for about 50 years. The public uses the short piece of road to access the lake, and a small parcel that many of the residents present at the Park Board meeting on Monday night called a park. The decision before the board was whether they would recommend a sale of a portion of the…
Friday, September 14, 2012
A regulation sized field, complete with outfield fencing and lights, will be ready to go in 2013, with help from Warriors Youth league and a corporate angel.
The pieces have been falling into place for Park Arthur recently, and its first big feature, a regulation sized baseball field, will see construction starting by the end of the month, with features like outfield fencing and lights to come in 2013. Parks Director Craig Anderson gave an update to the Parks Board on Monday, and said that the Muskego Youth Baseball League has really come through on its commitment to fundraise for the large field. They have turned over a check for $15,000 from InPro Corporation for the costs to complete it, with an additional $30,000 planned in 2013. The Warriors had raised roughly $75,000 as of August, prior to the InPro donation. Steve Ziegler, CEO with InPro, explained the donation was a good investment, …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
A bench in the Old Settlement Center featured a medallion of the American Legion, which donated the bench and flagpole, but a 9/11 discovery has members wondering what happened to it.
A concrete bench and flagpole were donated by Muskego's American Legion Post 356 on Flag Day of this year, but it was discovered on Patriot Day that the bench was the target of vandals. "As I prepared to lower the flag in honor of 9-11 disaster, I noticed that the American Legion emblem that was attached to the bench was missing," post commander Fred Korth told Muskego Patch. "This Flag pole and bench was donated to the honor all men and women that have served and are still serving the United States of America." The flagpole and bench are located in front of the Old Town Hall building on the Old Settlement Grounds, and parks director Craig Anderson said he was not aware of the incident until Wednesday. He also confirmed that it wasn't a …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Parks Board tours Idle Isle Park, with possible additions for the Common Council to consider for the 2013 budget
Idle Isle Park has a lot on its shoulders, and some Common Council members feel it could use some help with the heavy lifting. It functions as a prime access for boaters wishing to launch and park on Little Muskego lake, snowmobilers and ice fishermen in winter, green space for picnickers, and the only beach front for public swimming on the lake. So, after requests came in from Parks director Craig Anderson during the budget process, Alderman Neil Borgman felt the lake park was left out in comparison to its younger but bigger brother, Park Arthur. The only improvement originally requested for Idle Isle Park was replacing the ADA accessible pier at a cost of $63,000 versus more than $1 million in requests for Park Arthur in 2013. Anderson …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Muskego's newest park as been in development for years, but boost in spending may finally make the park ready for users if $1.1 million request is granted; some aldermen say its about time, others say it's too much.
Progress on Park Arthur, which is situated along Muskego's northern border between College Avenue and Martin Drive, has been steady, but after hearing complaints from residents that projects like the park never seem to get finished, it may now be on a fast track, courtesy of $1.1 million in funding. Discussion of the park expenditures for 2013 were a part of the city's ongoing budget talks Wednesday night, and initially totaled $881,000, with that amount using the landfill funds. The parks department has historically used those funds along with other sources to develop and maintain the parks, however, dwindling resources may result in the city taking on more of the burden. The costs would include $245,000 to design and construct an …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Residents can call hotline to check on any cancellations
You might think this summer’s aberrant heat would be a problem for the Muskego Parks and Recreation Department. After all, many of their workers toil outside. And they sponsor events that are held outside. The latest example: A post on the department’s Facebook site on early Monday afternoon announced, “Have been receiving phone calls about the weather and cancellations. We will be monitoring the weather and will make cancellations as necessary. If we do cancel it will be placed on our hot-line at 262-679-5645 and we will also post here. Make sure to stay hydrated!” Not, to mention that, there’s a lot of grass to maintain. But, according to Parks and Recreation Director Craig Anderson, the summer heat has proven an old adage- where there …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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 Park Arthur 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 …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Dozens of items are listed, and with funding sources nearly tapped out, budget request for 2013 might be a big one.
Craig Anderson, the city's director of parks and recreation, has mentioned it in previous meetings, but how well everyone was listening will be known at budget time. A growing need for various items to maintain Muskego's parks, along with a new venture at Park Arthur, and a dwindling balance in the park dedication fund will mean a larger than normal request at budget time. "Tax dollars just aren't used to develop our parks," Anderson told the Park and Recreation Board last week. "Our usual funding sources are also nearly spent, with the park dedication fund down to $150,000 and only 10 percent of the landfill revenues are earmarked for parks." Anderson outlined a list of needs, prioritizing it from greatest needs to those that can wait …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Schmidt Park was suggested as a site for a dog park, but restrictions and locations doomed the idea.
On one hand, Schmidt Park could have provided a good site for an off-leash dog park, as it wasn't located along any busy streets. However, that was probably the only plus the site had going for it. The Parks and Recreation Board Monday discussed the viability of such a park at the neighborhood site, but it became quickly apparent that a lack of parking and its small size would keep the park out of the running as an exercise area for dogs. Parks Director Craig Anderson pointed out that Minooka Park in Waukesha had such a park, but met minimum criteria for acreage. "There are actually two areas — one that's about three acres for small dogs, and the other is about 15 acres for dogs 30 pounds and over," he explained. Schmidt Park is 6.5 acres…