Beer garden, performance venue among features under consideration for village’s recreational space
When Village of Fredonia officials took a look at the community’s comprehensive parks and open space plan five years ago, they agreed a simple updating was all that was needed.
That work was done by then-Village President Chuck Lapicola.
The Parks Committee has now decided a fresh look at the plan is needed, and has sent out a request for proposals to planning firms.
Public Works Director Roger Strohm prepared the five-page solicitation document that gives a clear idea of how detailed officials anticipate the new plan to be.
According to Strohm’s request, proposals are to be submitted by June 30.
The village has budgeted $15,000 for the completion of the plan, which is a key document if Department of Natural Resources grants or other sources of outside funding are to be pursued.
As part of the plan preparation process, the consultants will be expected to host as many as three public hearings and make two appearances before the Village Board.
One of those hearings will be held to solicit community input, and follow-up sessions would be set to explain the final plan.
In addition to the village’s 12 existing parks and green spaces, Strohm suggested looking into new recreational opportunities.
Among the added features, Strohm mentioned the possibility of creating an exercise park, beer garden, enhanced passive recreational opportunities and a venue for outdoor movies and musical performances.
“The planner shall make recommendations on where and what of the above elements to include at the various parks,” Strohm’s proposal suggested.
The parkland identified in the request for proposals are: Children’s Park, Firemen’s Park, Stoney Creek Park, Veterans Park, Marie Kraus Park, Oak Park, Ozaukee County’s Waubedonia park, the Partridge Avenue green space, the Guzikowski detention pond, the basketball court near the DPW shop, the unnamed park near the Fredonia Post Office and a variety of other smaller parcels.
The plan is also to make recommendations on park needs based on current and projected population densities.
A recommendation on the possible extension of the village’s existing bike path will also be sought in the plan.
On a more technical level, the planner will be expected to determine any shortcomings in meeting standards set by the National Recreation and Park Association, the Public Playground Safety Handbook and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“We probably aren’t ADA compliant at any of our parks,” said Trustee Jill Bertram, chairman of the Parks Committee.
After proposals are reviewed by a screening committee, the contract with the selected planning firm is expected to be signed by July 21.