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Park and Open Space Planning


Table of Contents

SEWRPC Commission and Staff, Washington County Officials,
Title Page and Table of Contents


LIST OF CHAPTERS

  • Chapter I
  • Introduction
  • Chapter II
  • Inventory Findings
    Figure 1 Historic Population Levels in Washington County: 1850-1990
    Map 1 Urban Growth in Washington County: Selected Years, 1900-1990
    Map 2 Land Uses in Washington County: 1995
    Map 3 Comparison of the Location and Extent of Primary Farmland Envisioned under the Washington County Farmland Preservation Plan and Prime Agricultural Lands Envisioned under the 2010 Regional Land Use Plan
    Map 4 Surface Drainage and Floodlands in Washington County
    Map 5 Location of Natural Areas in Washington County: 1994
    Map 6 Critical Species Habitat Sites Located Outside Natural Areas in Washington County: 1994
    Map 7 Significant Geological Sites in Washington County: 1994
    Map 8 Environmental Corridors and Isolated Natural Resource areas in Washington County: 1990
  • Chapter III
  • Existing Park and Open Space Sites
    Map 9 Washington County and State of Wisconsin Park and Open Space Sites: 1995
    Map 10 Adopted Year 2010 Bicycle Way System Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin as It Relates to Washington County
    Map 11 Ice Age Trail Corridor and Existing Trail Segments in Washington County: 1996
    Map 12 Locations of Historic Sites in Washington County on the National Register of Historic Places: 1995
  • Chapter IV
  • Results of Public Opinion Survey
  • Chapter V
  • Objectives, Principles, and Standards and Park and Open Space Needs Analysis
    Map 13 Year 2010 Regional Land Use Plan as It Pertains to Washington County
  • Chapter VI
  • Recommended Park and Open Space Plan
    Map 14 Open Space Preservation Element of the Washington County Park and Open Space Plan: 2010
    Map 15 Natural Areas and Critical Species Habitat Sites in Washington County Proposed to be Protected through Public Acquisition
    Map 16 Location of Recommended Sites to Reestablish Forest Interiors in Washington County
    Map 17 Recommended Acquisition and Ownership of Selected Geological Areas in Washington County
    Map 18 Farmland Preservation Areas under the Washington County Park and Open Space Plan: 2010
    Map 19 Outdoor Recreation Element of the Washington County Park and Open Space Plan: 2010
  • Chapter VII
  • Plan Implementation
  • Chapter VIII
  • Summary


    LIST OF APPENDICES

    Appendix
    A Park and Open Space Sites in Washington County Owned by Cities, Villages, Towns, School Districts, and Private Individuals and Organizations: 1995
  • Table A-1
  • Park and Open space Sites in Washington county Owned by Cities, Villages, Towns, or School Districts
  • Table A-2
  • Private Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Sites in Washington County: 1995
  • Map A-1
  • Park and Open Space Sites in Washington County Owned by Cities, Villages, Towns, or School Districts: 1995
  • Map A-2
  • Privately Owned Outdoor Recreation and Open space Sites in Washington County
    B Instruments Used in Public Opinion Surveys
  • B-1
  • Washington County Park Survey Telephone Survey
  • B-2
  • Washington County Park Survey Mail-Back Survey
    C Outdoor Recreation and open Space Planning Objectives, Principles, and Standards for Washington County
    D Map D-1 Regional Trail Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin
    E Public Informational Meetings


    Table of Contents

    SEWRPC Commission and Staff, Washington County Officials,
    Title Page and Table of Contents


    LIST OF CHAPTERS

    Chapter I Introduction
    Chapter II Inventory Findings
    Chapter III Existing Park and Open Space Sites

    Chapter IV

    Public Opinion Survey Results
    Chapter V Objectives, Principles, and Standards and Park and Open Space Needs Analysis
    Chapter VI Recommended Park and Open Space Plan
    Chapter VII Summary

    List of Appendices

    Appendix
    A Table A-1 Park and Open Space Sites Owned by Cities, Villages, Towns, or School Districts in Washington County: 2002
    Table A-2 Private Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Sites in Washington County: 2002
    Map A-1 Park and Open Space Sites Owned by Cities, Villages, Towns, or School Districts in Washington County: 2002
    Map A-2 Private Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Sites in Washington County: 2002
    B Instruments Used in Public Opinion Surveys
    B-1 Washington County Park System Telephone Survey
    B-2 Washington County Park System Mail-Back Survey
    C Public Informational/Input Meetings Comment Summary
    D Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Planning Objectives, Principles, and Standards for Washington County
    E Public Informational/Input Meetings and Public Hearing
    E-1 Public Informational/Input Meetings Comment Summary
    E-2 Minutes of Public Hearing and Public Comments
    F Preliminary Draft -- Washington Parks Capital Improvement Plan

    Community Benefits

    Providing parks and open spaces contributes to the strength of a community in the following ways:


    Provides opportunities to interact with other individuals in the community.

    Recreation opportunities, facilities and the quality of the local environment are the foundations of community pride.

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    Economic Benefits

    The development of park and open space sites benefits the economy by:

    Attracting tourists which support outdoor recreation.

    Increasing values of nearby properties.

    Improving the quality of life of a community which is becoming a primary reason for attracting and retaining businesses.

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    Environmental Benefits

    Acquisition of land for parks and open space:

    • Protects wildlife
    • Enhances air quality
    • Provides for preservation of environmentally significant land
    • Reduces flooding and erosion

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    Individual Benefits

    Many personal benefits are gained through the use of parks and open spaces.

    • Improves physical health and well-being
    • Provides opportunities for learning and living a more balanced, productive life
    • Decreases stress levels




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    of Parks and Open Spaces








    Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Commission Agendas and Minutes

    The Washington County Planning and Parks Department has begun the planning process for updating the Washington County Park and Open Space Plan. A seven member advisory commission, guiding the progress of the plan update, consists of representatives of local governments, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Metropolitan Builders Association.

    Washington County Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Commission (POSPTAC) Members

    Matt Heiser, - Village Administrator, Village of Kewaskum
    Mike Hermann - City of Hartford, Park & Recreation Director
    Kelly Valentino - Village of Jackson
    Robert Wessberg - DNR, Pike Lake State Park, Forest Superintendent
    Shawn Graff - Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Executive Director
    Kristine Hillmer - Metropolitan Builders Association, Executive Director
    Mike Miller - Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee

    The updated plan will identify long-term needs for park and open space acquisition and development and proposes recommendations to satisfy those needs extending to the year 2035. The current 2020 plan was adopted by the Washington County Board of Supervisors on March 9, 2004. The 2035 plan will also allow the County to remain eligible to apply for State and Federal park grants.

    • Park and Open Space Plan: 2020 (see link on Historic Plans page)
    • Park and Open Space Plan: 2010 (see link on Historic Plans page)

    The acquisition and development of parks and recreational facilities in Washington County provide a variety of private and public benefits to all residents. The cost of park acquisition and development is an investment in the future well being of individuals and contributes to the viability of communities in Washington County. Park and Open Space sites have a number of important individual, community, environmental and economic benefits.

    • Individual Benefits (see link on Historic Plans page)
    • Environmental Benefits (see link on Historic Plans page)
    • Community Benefits (see link on Historic Plans page)
    • Economic Benefits (see link on Historic Plans page)

    Presentations

    Warning! The Washington County Parks and Trails link is a 26 MB file and will take quite some time to download. It will be best to save it to your local machine.

    Instructions

    1. Right click on the icon
    2. Select "Save Target As"
    3. Place on your hard drive
    4. Open from your computer

    For more information regarding this plan, please contact Debora M. Sielski,
    Deputy Administrator, Washington County Planning and Parks Department


    Public Comment Gathered for 2020 POSP

    Extensive public participation opportunities were available for Washington County residents throughout the park and open space planning process. All public comments were shared with the Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Committee and the Washington County Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee prior to approval.

    1. Public opinion survey of County residents to obtain public perceptions of outdoor recreation in Washington County.
      • Interest in nature education programs and the provision of a countywide nature center
      • Provision of a system of recreational trails throughout the County
      • Acquisition of lands for new County parks
      • Preference of taxes, bonds, and user fees as the mechanisms for acquisition of lands for resource protection purposes and expansion of the park system.

    2. Survey of individuals who reserved a park shelter in 2000 or 2001 to obtain perception of existing County parks.
      • Provision of additional benches and tables, dumpsters and recycling containers
      • Improvement of park maintenance and shelter amenities
      • Provision of dog parks, playground equipment, and volleyball courts

    3. Survey of Washington County youth in the Villages of Germantown and Jackson to obtain information on park improvements.
      • Improvement of trails, playgrounds, and sled hills
      • Requesting provisions of pools, ice skating facilities, soccer fields, and swimming beaches

    4. Series of three public informational/input meetings held in October 2002.
      • Create a dog park in the County
      • Provide farmland education at future nature center
      • Preserve agriculture land and crops
      • More multi-use trails within the parks

    5. Series of three public informational/input meetings held in Sept. 2003 to comment on plan recommendations.
      • Possible creation of dog parks
      • Hiking trails connecting environmental corridors
      • Creation of a nature center
      • More recreational activities and facilities in the parks

    6. Public hearing held February 3, 2004.
      • Provide stronger policies for farmland preservation
      • Concern over property rights
      • No duplication of services between County and local governments
      • Concern regarding protective zoning recommendations

    Resident Views on Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces in Washington County

    This report describes the opinions and perspectives of the residents of Washington County, Wisconsin, as it relates to parks, park facilities, and park related activities. These opinions and perspectives were obtained through a telephone survey of over 605 randomly selected county residents. The survey was conducted by the Survey Center of the Center for Urban Initiates and Research in June and July of 2002. The survey was designed by the Survey Center and Washington County Planning staff, in consultation with the Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Committee based on a prior survey conducted in 1996.

    Respondents were asked if they agree or disagree with conserving land for public parks and if the County should provide a system of recreational trails (see chart below.)

    In a question new to the 2002 survey, respondents were asked whether they felt safe when they were in Washington County Parks. The vast majority (97%) reported that they felt safe.

    Respondents were asked if they would like to see Washington County buy lands such as woodlands and wetlands to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats for public enjoyment (see graph below.)

    Respondents were asked if they would like to see Washington County acquire land to create new county parks (see graph below.)

    View complete results of 2002 Resident survey on Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.


    Surveyed Views of individuals who reserved a park facility in 2000 and 2001 in Washington County.

    This report describes the experiences and assessments of individuals and families who reserved a park facility in a Washington County park between 2000 and 2001. The report identifies the facilities and features of the public parks in Washington County that facility users liked the "best" and the "least" and examines the rapport between park users and County staff. It also details how park users rate the current facilities, features, and reservation system.

    The report's conclusions are drawn from the results of a mail survey of Washington County residents. The survey was designed by Survey Center and Washington County Planning and Parks Department Planning staff in consultation with the Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Committee based on a prior survey conducted in 1996. The survey itself was conducted by the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during August 2002. One hundred sixty-one surveys were completed and returned for analysis.

    Ninety four percent (94%) of respondents replied affirmatively when asked if the county staff was helpful while taking reservations.

    Respondents were asked what type of facility they reserved (see below.)

    Respondents were asked if the cost of reserving a park site was "about right, too high or too low" (see below.)

    Twenty-eight percent (28%) suggested new amenities for the recreation facilities, such as volleyball courts, dog park, and playground equipment. Thirty-five percent (35%) noted suggestions concerning park amenities, such as providing additional benches and tables, and providing additional dumpsters and recycling containers.

    View complete results of 2002 survey of individuals who reserved a park facility in 2000 and 2001 in Washington County.