As part of the 2018 budget, McFarland will be making improvements to several of the community parks. The Urso Schuetz Park, which boasts a dog park and several paths, is expected to undergo a multi-phase expansion project to bring more recreation activities to the village.

The village plans to put in an 18-hole disc golf course and expand the dog park on the south side of the park. The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Committee recommended the Village Board accept the master plan as presented at its October meeting.

“This doesn’t mean this is exactly what will happen,” committee member and Trustee Dan Kolk said. “The master plan creates the base of what we’d like to see happen … it simply sets out the vision.”

The Village Board has not voted to accept the plan but did vote to contribute $75,000 of parks fund money to Urso Schuetz Park in 2018. This would pay for the first phase of development.

Jeff Maloney of Vandewalle & Associates provided an overview of the master plan during the committee’s September meeting.

In addition to expanding the dog park east of the most southern part of the existing dog area, the village is seeking to put in an 18-hole disc golf course on the southeast part of the park. The pond on the west side of the park will have a boardwalk surrounding it that will connect to an existing trail. All of the future trails will connect to the existing trails.

A trail expected to go through the property is contingent on county funding, because it will be part of the Lower Yahara Bike Path connecting McFarland with Stoughton. A portion of the trail would be a boardwalk over an existing drainage corridor.

A second phase of the park’s proposed master plan entails restoring the natural area, including an existing orchard, and redeveloping a foundation for a future community park building on the southeast quadrant of the park.

The two-story building would be accessible by a future driveway off of Hidden Farms Road. The lower level would house restrooms and concessions, and the upper level would provide a gathering space or a nature center. A parking lot would also be located off of the driveway as part of the project.

The final phase also includes installing additional amenities.

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