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New Park Development Project Proposed for Heritage Trails
County Board will Consider Park Improvements with planned Man-made Lake

Town of Polk, WI - The Washington County Parks Department has proposed a process to plan and create a future 30 acre lake at Heritage Trails County Park in the Town of Polk. The lake will be built after safe removal of sand and gravel from the property. The project advances the park and trail system goals and at the same time fills a regional need for aggregate production. The Public Works Committee unanimously advanced the project and the County Board will consider the proposal at its February 13, 2019, meeting at 6:00 p.m.

"Operating a park system without property tax dollars is a laudable challenge; nonetheless, we are looking at building a park and trail system for the future of our community," said Jamie Ludovic, director of the department. "I know the community will see the same potential for future generations. It's a huge opportunity for a public-private partnership to improve quality of life in our area and bring a high level of quality to our residents."

Striving to achieve fiscal sustainability, creating partnerships, improving priority parks, and investing in strategic expansions of priority parks are stated objectives of the park and trail system. This project advances all of these objectives. Heritage Trails County Park is currently home to the Washington County Sheriff's Office shooting range, soccer fields, disc golf, foot golf and hiking trails.

"We believe the park should be better utilized," said Parks Property Manager Eric Hyde. "We believe a new master plan with significant public input will redevelop this park to be the gem of the Washington County Park System."

Heritage Trails County Park was a sand and gravel pit from the mid 1950's - early 1970's and was purchased by Washington County in 1974. The aggregate deposits left here from the glaciers are ideal for concrete plants and given the forecast of development this is a desirable location.

The project is not expected to have any negative environmental impacts to the high quality wetlands and old growth forest in the park. Rather, the monoculture grass will be replaced with a 32 acre lake that will provide habitat to wildlife along with creating new fringe wetlands.

"After investing in a future Heritage Trails County Park, removing sand and gravel from the site could net several million dollars to advance park and trail system goals," added Hyde.

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For more information on Washington County Parks, please visit www.washcoparks.com or call 262-335-4445. Park Information

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