Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
The City has received a Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant to help with funding the development of a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP). The City Council approved moving forward and working with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to develop this plan, which will engage citizens in an asset-based recreation planning effort which will focus on identifying a current management strategy for public open space, identifying opportunities to diversity recreational programming, facilities and services and ways to increase access to those program, facilities and services. Existing goals, objectives and policies within the Master Park Plan, Master Forest Plan and Billings Park Master Plan will be reevaluated and revised as necessary and be combined into a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation plan (CORP).
Traditional outdoor recreation planning is focused on supply and demand by aligning recreation needs with the city’s population. An asset-based (Placemaking) approach seeks to create quality of life benefits by making the community a more desirable place to live; provides economic opportunities for businesses and protects the natural environment and cultural heritage. Asset-based planning focuses on identifying and mobilizing existing community assets and promoting economic development efforts in communities based on a growing interest in outdoor recreational activities. This approach seeks to capitalize on existing assets such as the natural environment, navigable waterways, developed (and undeveloped) trails and the wealth of opportunities provided by public open space. It will also seek to identify opportunities for expanding the recreational opportunity spectrum, improving community health and wellness, growing tourism and economic development and fostering management/stewardship of resources. Assets and opportunities would be identified through engagement with the public via community surveys and outreach forums.
Public meetings will be held and notices will be posted here and on our Facebook page, so please "like" our page to stay up to date on the process. You can also sign up under the "Notify Me" (choose Parks & Recreation) tab on this website for meeting notifications. We welcome your input and look forward to your attendance at an upcoming public meeting!