Thursday, May 9, 2013
The program guide from the Muskego Parks and Recreation Department promotes Jammin' on Janesville, but if you stick to their dates, you won't catch any of the events.
Tammy Dunn with the Muskego Department of Parks and Recreation always wants to call readers' attention to their program guide, but in this case it's for an error in the dates of one of the summer's biggest events. Jammin' on Janesville is held on the first Fridays of June, July and August, but in the program guide's promotion of the 2013 event, they list the dates for the 2012 street party. So, turn to page 63 (back inside cover) take out a red pen and correct the dates to read as follows: June 7, July 5 and August 2 In addition, the time for this year's events has been extended to 10 p.m., with the opening of the three-time festival remaining at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Budgeted at $5,000, the cost estimates have come in for sand court volleyball at Muskego's Moorland Park, and they aren't even close
A small addition to Moorland Park that was seen as a unique feature to attract users may not make it over the net, as cost estimates for a sand volleyball court have come in much higher than budgeted. The estimates to haul the needed sand are more than $10,000, double that of the $5,000 budgeted amount, which was to include all costs associated with the project. Parks director Craig Anderson told the Parks and Recreation board Monday night that the hike in expense is likely due to the costs of fuel. The feature was initially added to the Parks budget for 2013 as an inexpensive item to add a new activity to the park system. No other parks have facilities for volleyball. The board opted to defer the matter in order to research what cost …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
December poll of Muskego residents revealed that most respondents are enthusiastic over the idea of a splash pad to Muskego parks, and would be willing to pay a small fee for their use.
More than 70 percent of residents who responded to a city survey about splash pads said they'd be willing to pay an entry fee to use one if installed. December polling asked eight questions of Muskego residents on whether they would use such a feature, and if so, would they be willing to pay for it. Splash pads are water features that use spouts, showers and other water play equipment without the water pooling, meaning that no lifeguards are required to oversee them. Some have a padded surface, however Muskego is looking at a coated concrete surface for its durability through the colder offseason. Donovan Winter, an intern working with the Parks and Recreation Department, presented the findings during the Park Board meeting Monday night. …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Parks staff have been researching the cost and uses of a splash pad in a Muskego, and now it's your turn to weigh in.
Summer may be a fond memory now, but the Muskego Parks and Recreation Department would like to ask your opinion on a warm weather feature that they are considering installing in the parks, or at least one to start with. Donovan Winter is an intern who has been helping out the department, and his key focus of late has been a research of splash pads in other municipalities, their costs and construction. He told Muskego Patch that the most likely parks that could accommodate a splash pad would be either Moorland Park or Veteran's Memorial Park. A splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water, and they can incorporate various water elements like fountains, geysers, showers and water cannons to encourage more interactive play…
Friday, November 16, 2012
A project being tackled by intern could lead to the installation of a splash pad in a future park budget
The start of a study into splash pads may lead to one or more of Muskego's parks to feature the summertime cool zones. Donovan Winter, an intern serving in the Parks and Recreation Department, has been working on a project to collect information from various cities that already have the water feature in their parks. Parks Director Craig Anderson explained Monday night to the Parks Board that he and Winter had begun to meet with other municipalities to gather information on how they use the splash pads, what they cost and how they're funded. Winter told Muskego Patch that it was still to early to determine what a splash pad would cost, as much depends on the size, how it is supplied with water and which park it could be placed in. Get …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Parks Department looks into a program that will partner with groups interested in keeping public access parcels to Little Muskego Lake attractive
Similar to the 'Adopt-a-Park' and 'Adopt-a-Trail' program, the Parks and Recreation Department is thinking of rolling out 'Adopt-a-Lake-Access' program to help improve the nearly two dozen points around the lake that allow the public to access Little Muskego Lake. "There are probably about a half dozen that really need improvements and we would develop a priority list for these," said Parks Director Craig Anderson during the Parks Board meeting on Monday. The department would partner with local groups to do light cleanup during the summer, but would limit the work to land-only tasks. That means no pier installation or removal. In addition, the department would provide basic supplies like garbage bags, and would post recognition for the …
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 …
Monday, June 18, 2012
If you're 23 years old or younger, safety class isn't just a good idea, it's required by law; here's your last chance to take a class before summer gets away from you.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Muskego Police Department wanted to remind residents who were born on or after 1989 that they are required to complete a boating safety course to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft (PWC) on Wisconsin waters. As the weather stays firmly in the 'summerlike' category, the lakes will start to get busy, and the temptation will be to head out without the training. Luckily, you still have a chance this season to get compliant. On June 26-29, the MPD and Muskego Parks and Recreation Department will host the last DNR Boater Safety Class of the season. Graduates of this class will be able to legally operate a watercraft on Wisconsin waters. However, do note the class is filing up fast, so contact the Muskego Parks and …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Committee that will help provide input on lake park features has been approved, and will need residents to step forward to take part.
Muskego Parks and Recreation Director Craig Anderson has now posted an official request for volunteers to serve as stakeholders in a lake park committee. The committee will be formed as part of a compromise proposal approved by the Common Council Tuesday night to allow residents to have a more intimate role in planning and determining costs for the park. The sale of the park, which is $3.55 million, has been held until the committee and the Parks Board can receive the information make a recommendation to the Common Council in September. Here is the notice from the parks department: The Parks & Recreation Board (P&R Board) is seeking individuals willing to represent Muskego clubs/organizations and who are interested in serving as …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The median age has gone up nine years since 1990, and households with children have seen a sharp decline. How do we keep Muskego 'young', and how should the city serve its growing, older population?
If you were an enthusiastic school parent, and you were left scratching your head over why the second school facilities referendum didn't succeed at the polls, the answer may be in the census numbers. Parks Director Craig Anderson referred to demographics as he was looking to see who recreation programming should serve, and found more answers than he bargained for. "We've been seen a leveling off of the younger age groups in attendance to our programs, so we wanted to take a look at who we are serving, and who is currently living in the city," he said during the Monday Park and Recreation Board meeting. "What we found to be somewhat surprising, is that we aren't seeing the young families moving to Muskego." Anderson found statistics that …