Franklin — Parks Commission members unanimously approved the Victory Creek/Pleasant View trail, extending east and south from Pleasant View School, 4601 W. Marquette Ave.; and said they support extending it, as soon as possible, to the Tifton Woods nature preserve.
The decision came after a tour of the more than one dozen parks owned by the city. It's an annual excursion for the panel that oversees these recreation areas.
"We've developed a lot of parks in the last 15 to 20 years," commission Chairman David Pautz said in an interview. "We're always looking to see if there's a need for upgrades or repairs. We work very closely with residents to accommodate their concerns."
Looking to the future
The meeting notice included an agenda item about potential future land acquisitions. There was no such discussion Saturday, but Pautz said the city's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan calls for establishment of a park of 80-120 acres in the southwest quadrant of the city.
"If we can find the right piece of land at the right price, we're going to have to act on it," Pautz said, adding the city has funds available from impact fees paid by developers.
"As the population moves in, the demand for parks grows and we've got to plan for it," Commissioner Phil Nickerson said.
Some residents may not realize the size of Franklin's park system. The city is responsible for more than a dozen parks, with a total of 194 acres. Most are small, with the combined Lions Legend and Lions Legend II the largest, at 38 acres. Several parks have less than 10 acres. Park maintenance is handled by the city's Public Works Department.
During the inspection tours, Pautz noted two initiatives that seem to be successful. One is a change to dirt infields for baseball diamonds.
"We've found that's been working pretty well," he said, saying dirt infields are more level, drain better, are easier to maintain and easier to adjust dimensions for baseball or softball.
The other initiative was the establishment of dog waste disposal stations in recent years.
"They are now available at every park," Pautz said, adding that the stations are heavily used, resulting in cleaner parks.
At Jack Workman Park, 3674 W. Forest Home Ave., commission members pointed out a baseball diamond, tennis and basketball courts, a walking path and children's play area, all developed within the past decade on the 12-acre site.
"If you have a house," Nickerson observed, "wouldn't it be worth a few bucks more if you have a park adjacent with nice facilities that the city maintains?"
ON THE WEB
■ The Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which also includes information on Franklin facilities owned by Milwaukee County and the Franklin School District, may be accessed via the city's website, franklinwi.gov.
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