Area residents are invited to offer their input into the long-range master plans for a new community park in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Grove Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department is conducting an online survey to gather data regarding possible amenities at the 22-acre park and four existing park outlots in the Westlawn Estates subdivision.
“The overall plan will act as a guide for future park development,” said Sean Brusegar, director of the parks, recreation and forestry department. “As the area gets developed and houses built, homebuyers will know what is going in the park prior to purchasing.”
The master plan will allow the village to plan for implementation and phasing of future improvements within the park as the surrounding development proceeds.
“We will develop the master plan for the whole area,” Brusegar said. “The 1-acre park off Redhawk (Trail) will likely be the first area to be improved since it has been dedicated. The 22-acre parcel has not been dedicated or developed yet, so that part of the plan will wait.”
Find a link to the survey at www.village.cottage-grove.wi.us/. The deadline is Friday, March 13.
Add data will be reviewed by village staff and MSA Professional Services, the village’s engineering consultant.
“We would like to have the master plan in place prior to the 2021 budget process,” Brusegar said. “We will look to develop the 1-acre parcel and the small pocket parks first. Development of the area will be budget driven.”
The new park will be classified as a community park.
A community park is intended to serve the active and passive recreational needs of several neighborhoods or a medium-sized municipality. Community parks usually also offer areas for passive recreation use such as wooded areas and walking trails, scenic lookouts, botanical gardens, multiple shelters, grills and picnic areas.
Unique active use facilities could include a bandshell or aquatic facilities. Off-street parking areas for vehicles and bicycles, permanent restroom facilities, shower facilities, and lighting are common.
Current community parks in the village are the 38-acre Bakken Park, the 13-acre Northlawn Park and the 11-acre Firemen’s Park.