Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Despite the snow cover, spring plans are well underway to bring Muskego's Park Arthur further along for baseball, community gathering at permanent pavilion.
Craig Anderson had a full plate of items for Monday night's Parks and Recreation Board Meeting, with Park Arthur making up the main course. The park has $1.1 million in expenditures planned for 2013 to give the park's development a big push, including a permanent pavilion, lighting and paving. Despite what the weather has looked like, spring planning for the park is underway. Among the developments: Pavilion and concessions - Plans were laid out for the board, which asked Susan Becker with Graef Construction to consider moving the site closer to the large baseball field and sledding hill. The center of the pavilion will feature permanent men's and women's restrooms, storage, and a kitchen area that will accommodate refrigeration, sinks and…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Watch some short videos from the city's new sledding hill to get a sense for the ride.
Monday, February 11, 2013
It's a steep drop for the thrill seekers young and old, but sledders find the hill at Park Arthur a great ride
The winter finally brought enough snow to recreate on top of, so one of the first places to check out was Park Arthur's new sledding hill. About a dozen brave souls were there around noon on Saturday, and despite a steep climb and an intimidating view from the top, no one complained about the ride down, which most kids deemed as "awesome." The hill is designed with a fairly steep dropoff, then planes out a little before a final slide. Smaller tots or those with a fear of heights can climb about halfway and slide down the 'bowl' along the side of the hill. Access to the hill is off of Martin Drive this year, but by next winter will also be entered from College Avenue. In addition, permanent restrooms in the park will be installed. There …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Park Arthur will be ready once the flakes fly for serious sledding; here are a few things to note before you grab the gloves and go
Park Arthur has been dormant, but its most noticeable feature, the sledding hill, is ready for riders once the weather cooperates, and that may come as soon as Sunday. Craig Anderson, Director of Parks and Recreation, said "the park is open, and the signage is in place to direct people where to park and access the hill." Anderson advised that people use the paved path that leads to the hill, but to be aware of restoration work being done on either side of the path. Access to the park this year will be off of Martin Drive only, and sledders getting to the park via car can park in the middle lot. As snow piles up this lot will be plowed, but other areas of the park won't. "We don't want to plow what we don't need to, and as people can't …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
There's no perfect solution, board agrees, but leaving entrances open only invites trouble, so further study into cost for gates is hoped to alleviate vandalism at Park Arthur
Parks Director Craig Anderston was blunt. "Unless we agree to entirely fence in all of our parks, people will find a way to get in and cause damage," he told the Parks Board Monday night. At issue is vandalism at Park Arthur and other parks. An "off-roader" drove on the sledding hill on Oct. 24 and left tire ruts along the north side of the hill, marking the second such type of damage in the park in about a year, Anderson said. He also said a truck drove across the ball field at Jensen Park, and more remote parks, like Denoon Park, have been vandalized, too. However, he said the keys to preventing and catching vandals was basic. "Once we see more usage in the parks, activity like this will be less of an issue. We have never had the luxury …
The Muskego Athletic Association has penned its commitment to play at the new park, and is footing the bill for the three smaller baseball fields
Another big piece of the Park Arthur puzzle was put into place Monday night, as Parks Director Craig Anderson said he has received a letter of commitment from the Muskego Athletic Association to fund the construction of the three smaller baseball fields there. The commitment includes $135,000 in funds, which will give teams registered through MAA the ability to play there on a priority basis. A larger, regulation-sized field is already well under way, with similar support for that field coming from the Warriors Youth Baseball league. Other Park Arthur updates at Monday's Parks Board meeting include:
Monday, November 12, 2012
After repeated incidents at Park Arthur and Lake Denoon Park, the park board looks for ways to prevent damage.
Beyond a youthful escapade with a truck, the tire marks on the Park Arthur sledding hill have caused some delays and required dollars to fix, and this is before the official opening of hill this coming winter. Similarly, vandalism has been reported at Lake Denoon Park and occasionally at Bluhm Farm Park in past years, and it's apparently come to a point where the Parks and Recreation board will be discussing prevention at its meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m. One of the incidents at Park Arthur did result in the arrest of a Pewaukee man in 2011, but concern has been raised over what can be done to protect the parks, or to deter vandals. Parks Director Craig Anderson has said while Park Arthur in particular was under development, the placement…
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.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Park Arthur's $1.1 million price tag and $50,000 for Idle Isle are too much to handle in one year, according to Stand Up Muskego
Saturday, October 20, 2012
To the Editor: Stand Up Muskego would like to recognize and thank the aldermen who have so far voiced their support for the continued funding of the Community Festival Parade, Muskego Senior Taxi and the Jammin on Janesville events. These community-oriented activities and events offer a great service to Muskego’s senior citizens, families and businesses. Without the continued support from the city, the services provided would be reduced and those who benefit from them would be negatively impacted. As we have followed the 2013 city budget process there are a few things that concern us and they are as follows: 1.) The idea that the city would create a new budget category to fund all of Muskego’s community groups and charities. This idea…
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, …