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2009-2013 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Village of Germantown Park & Recreation Department 2009-2013


TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary

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1.0

Introduction Previous planning efforts Purpose of the plan Goals of the plan

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2.0

Community Demographics History of Germantown Local map Population characteristics Projections for growth

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3.0

Current Park and Recreation Services The Village of Germantown’s Parks The Village of Germantown’s recreation programs Non-profit recreation services Private recreation services

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4.0

Community Needs Assessment Community survey Staff visioning session Special interest group meeting Public meetings Park and Recreation Commission visioning session

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5.0

Goals and Objectives for the Germantown Park & Recreation Department Administrative goals Park goals Facility goals Recreation programming goals

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6.0

Plan Implementation Action plan recommendations Capital improvement recommendations Conclusion

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Appendix Demographic Profile of Germantown (2000 Census) Grant Opportunities Zoning maps Greenseams properties maps

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Mission Statement

short by design to complete realistic goals

The mission of the Germantown Park &

and seek vital improvements to the park

Recreation

lands and recreational offerings within a 5

Department

(GPRD)

is

to

enhance the quality of life for all residents of the community through the development and maintenance of park lands and facilities as well as providing a variety of quality recreational programs and special events.

Germantown

Park

&

An area of special interest to the Village of Germantown during this five year planning period is the Greenseams Program, which is a partnership between The Conservation

Park & Recreation Commission Objective The

year planning horizon.

Fund (the Fund) and the Milwaukee

Recreation

Commission exercises general supervision of

and

establishes

policies

for

the

department as well as parks and facilities used by the public. Comprehensive Plan Overview The Village of Germantown completed its last comprehensive plan (2003-2008) in house. That plan was a slight modification of a plan that was 10 years old. As with any plan, it was a step in the right direction to provide a plan for the future of parks and recreation, but it lacked the leveraging means to greatly improve the role of parks and recreation within the village. The Park and Recreation Director, in conjunction with George

Williams

University

College

developed

the

of

Aurora

2009-2013

Metropolitan

Sewer

District

(MMSD).

MMSD is working with the Fund to implement its Greenseams program, an innovative flood management program that uses land conservation as a tool to safeguard the community and its water supply.

Comprehensive Park and Recreation master plan. The time frame, or life of this plan, is Germantown Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY To date the Fund has purchased 19

One of the themes heard often during the

properties in Germantown, mostly around

planning process was the desire for parks

Wilderness Park, totaling over 700 acres.

and recreation to be a rallying point for the

These properties are of special interest

community.

because the properties are located around

leadership of the village could use the park

Wilderness Park and they hold the key to its

and recreation department to help tie the

access.

village together by adopting the ideas of this

The primary goal of this plan is to enhance the community by providing recreational opportunities for people of all ages. The Village of Germantown’s population has been increasing at a steady rate since the 1980’s, and with that growth comes the

One could argue that the

plan and more importantly, making parks and recreation a priority by funding the department at a level that will ensure its future success. Improved and expanded park and recreation facilities and services can only be achieved with adequate funding.

expectation of providing an adequate level

The

of service in recreation, parks, and open

involved a multi-phased approach. In order

space.

To assess what services the

to meet the future recreational needs of the

community desires and is willing to pay for,

Village of Germantown, it was necessary to

a

first look at the existing conditions of the

community

needs

assessment

was

conducted. The

most

GPRD which included the culture, public effective

method

was

an

assessment using social science survey research. To identify the community needs, a survey was mailed to 1,000 random households in the Village of Germantown. The GPRD developed, administered, and evaluated the survey. The survey conducted was concerned with fulfilling public needs. Needs assessments allow for clear decisionmaking by the elected officials.

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process used to develop this plan

understanding,

leadership

physical conditions.

options

and

From that analysis

goals and objectives can be established to improve the operation of the

park and

recreation department in the eyes of internal and external customers. This study was an open and transparent public planning process.

This included

multiple opportunities for the public to participate and respond.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The five year capital improvement program

Finally, the plan needs to first and foremost:

is included in the plan which outlines

be clear, concise and focused on common

proposed improvements and facilities. The

sense solutions that can be implemented

direction taken on the capital improvement

with notable improvements in a short

program is to invest significant monies into

amount of time. Also, it needs to have the

improving the quality and safety of the

voice of the public and needs to be creative

equipment in the parks as well as investing

in steps to maximize revenue sources to

in additional revenue generating facilities.

allow for reinvestment in the agency

Three vision statements that were generated

allowing for growth.

early in the process were as follows: 1. To make our parks stand out with higher standards. 2. Meet the needs of the community with

continued

and

expanded

recreational program opportunities. 3. Strive to be an award winning agency. These are important to consider as the plan is molded because they reflect many of the public’s ideas as to the future direction of the department.

Several administrative

goals are included in the following sections that have the power to transform the agency. Three key recommendations include: 1. Reorganize

the

department

by

assigning the parks maintenance personnel to the department. 2. Investing

in

the

parks

capital

improvement plan. 3. Establish a recreation fund. Germantown Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Germantown Village Board

Germantown Park & Recreation Department

Thomas Kempinski, President

N112 W17001 Mequon Road

Michael Bech, District 1 Trustee

Germantown, WI 53022

David Baum, District 1 Trustee

Phone: (262) 250-4710

James Langer, District 2 Trustee

Fax: (262) 255-2920

Jeff Werderman, District 2 Trustee

E-Mail: parkrec@village.germantown.wi.us

Al Vanderheiden, District 3 Trustee

www.village.germantown.wi.us

Melvin K. Ewert, District 3 Trustee Art Zabel, District 4 Trustee

The Commission

Dean Wolter, District 4 Trustee

The Park and Recreation Commission is comprised of seven members, each of whom

Germantown Park & Recreation Commission

is appointed to a three year term except for the trustee representative who is appointed

Laurie Broetzmann, Chair

annually. Each member is appointed by the

Al Vanderheiden, Trustee Representative

Germantown Village Board.

Mary Ellen Gray, Member

The Park and Recreation Commission meets

Tony Laszewski, Member

on the third Wednesday of every month at

Paul Luedtke, Member

5:00 p.m. at the Germantown Village Hall.

Bill Miller, Member

The meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to ask questions and

Diane Torcivia, Member

provide feedback.

Department Administrative Staff Brett Altergott, Director Patti Heinen, Recreation Supervisor Joe Masiarchin, Recreation Supervisor Shannon Lemke, Secretary Mary Croasdaile, Office Assistant

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1.0 INTRODUCTION The Germantown Park and Recreation

provide these types of services.

Department has created a solid base of

constant increase in demand for park and

public open space, active areas,

and

recreation services in Germantown has

recreational programs to meet the needs and

created some challenges that will need to be

demands of the residents of the Village of

addressed by the elected officials.

Germantown. The first comprehensive plan

biggest challenge is the need to improve the

for the department was developed in 1990

amount of indoor space to meet the

and the most recent planning efforts

programming needs of the community.

included

a

five

year

Comprehensive

Outdoor Recreation Plan 2003-2008. This revision of the plan will bring to the forefront, once again, the importance of providing quality recreational facilities and programs to the residents and guests of Germantown.

The

The

Planning is an important part of meeting the challenges and recreational needs of this growing community.

Adoption of this

plan, and acceptance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources makes the Village of Germantown eligible to pursue federal

and

state

funding

for

the

maintenance and development of parks and open spaces. This planning process story will be told over the next five sections. Chapter 2 focuses on demographics by comparing Germantown to the state and nation. The chapter will begin with a history of Germantown. Recreational needs and the opportunity for a wide range of recreational experiences can best be met by properly located facilities, natural and developed parks and a large number of program offerings.

Residents

have come to expect these types of services and this community has the responsibility to

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Chapter 3 will focus on the current park and recreation services offered in the Village of Germantown. Included will be an inventory of the parks, pictures of the parks, and a comparison

of

services

provided

by

neighboring communities.

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1.0 INTRODUCTION Chapter 4 will detail the results of the

The goals are broken up in the following

community needs assessment survey that

categories; administrative, parks, facilities,

was mail to 1,000 random households in

development, and programming.

March 2008. This section will also include notes from staff and public meetings held throughout the plan development process.

Chapter 6 will detail the implementation schedule. This section presents a timeline within which administrative goals will be

Chapter 5 will present the goals and

achieved.

objectives for the Germantown Park and

administrative goals is commitment not

Recreation Department between 2009-2013.

funding.

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The

key

to

achieving

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS History of Germantown While Germantown has effectively adapted

& St. Paul line and the Chicago & North

to the present-day lifestyle, characterized by

Western line.

modern amenities and facilities, as well as a

limestone

progressive local economy, it still cherishes

leading to the institution of the Cream City

the rich heritage that has made it what it is

Lime Company (South Germantown) and

today.

the

The community stands as Washington County’s oldest settled town, having enticed a great number of German settlers back in the 1840s.

By an act of Legislature, the

town was incorporated on January 21, 1846, and the rest is history.

What’s more, excellent

formations

Germantown

were

discovered

Lime

Company

(Rockfield). With the advent of the new rail lines and the thriving lime burning industry, Germantown’s economic vitality boomed and,

in

turn,

its

population

steadily

increased. Today, Germantown is a solid community of

Many travelers had to initially set foot in the Washington County community in order to access additional areas to the north and south, which made Germantown quite an attractive site in which to locate. Because of

nearly 20,000. Residents and visitors alike can discover the village’s history through a handful of historical sites and museums, several of which are overseen by the Germantown Historical Society.

this, plus the settlement’s ideal locale within a days travel time from Milwaukee, many businesses established residence here in order to accommodate the needs of those traveling through the area.

A blacksmith

shop, the Staats Hotel, a brewery and a saloon were among the first businesses in the community. Germantown continued to develop after the area welcomed two railroads, the Milwaukee

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS History of the Germantown Park and

department until 1994 when a Recreation

Recreation Department

Supervisor position was added. The newly

In the early 1970’s the Germantown High School Athletic Director worked part-time from the high school as the Recreation Director.

Programs were run in various

elementary schools

with the help

of

individuals supervising the programs.

created

position

was

responsible

for

program development and supervision. The addition of this position allowed the director to concentrate on the overall supervision of the department, the Senior Center and parkland purchase and development.

In

2004, the Senior Center split from the park

Records indicate the Germantown Park and

and recreation department and became its

Recreation Commission was organized as

own department.

far back as 1973 and the first full-time

Supervisor position was added in 2007 so

Recreation Director was hired in 1980.

the department could continue to meet the

In 1984, the title of Recreation Director was changed to Park and Recreation Director. The

department

was

a

one

person

recreation community.

A second Recreation

demands

of

a

growing

The current organizational

chart looks like this:

Park and Recreation Director

Recreation Supervisor

Recreation Supervisor Full-Time Secretary

Part-time Instructors

Volunteers

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Part-Time Office Assistant

Part-Time Parks Laborers (summer only) (2)

Part-time Instructors

Volunteers

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Location Map The Village of Germantown is a typical

east.

Midwestern suburban community.

The

population centers by Highway 41/45 north

Village, has an area of about 36 square miles

or south and Highway 167 east and west.

and a population of approximately 20,000

The Southeast Wisconsin Regional Plan

people and is situated northwest of the City

Commission

of Milwaukee. The village is located in the

development trends in the area and has

far southeast corner of Washington County,

concluded that significant physical growth

immediately adjacent to Waukesha County

will continue to occur in Germantown and

on the south and Ozaukee County on the

other nearby communities and townships.

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Germantown is connected to major

(SEWRPC)

has

studied

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS are available in an appendix of this plan. All

Population Characteristics Population

characteristics

meaningful

when

are

compared

population as a whole.

only to

the

Germantown’s

population characteristics will be compared to the same statistics at the national and state level.

of

the

demographic

information

was

provided by the 2000 census. The median age of residents in the United States was 35.3 years of age.

For

Wisconsin, the median age was 36.0 years of age and for Germantown it was 36.4

Spreadsheets of demographic profiles of the

years of age.

United States, Wisconsin, and Germantown

Average Age 36.4 36.2 36 35.8 35.6 35.4 35.2 35 34.8 34.6

United States

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Wisconsin

Germantown

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS The average household in Germantown is

than both the United States at 2.59 people

2.63 people. That number is slightly higher

and Wisconsin at 2.5 people per household.

People Per Household 2.64 2.62 2.6 2.58 2.56 2.54 2.52 2.5 2.48 2.46 2.44 2.42

United States

Wisconsin

Germantown

An explanation for this difference is that

These findings suggest Germantown is a

Germantown

higher

family oriented community with more

percentage of children per household than

children than the national average despite

the national (29.6%) and state (29.4%)

the average age of the community being

averages. The percentage of Germantown

higher than the state and national averages.

(32.2%)

has

a

households with children under 18 is 38.7% as compared to 33.9% at the state level and 32.8% for the national level.

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS Germantown is also a wealthier community

2000 census data is $25,358 while in

per capita (each person in household) than

comparison the average per capita income in

an average family in Wisconsin and in the

Wisconsin is $21,271 and in the United

United States.

States is $21,587.

The average per capita

income in Germantown according to the

Per Capita Income $26,000 $25,000 $24,000 $23,000 $22,000 $21,000 $20,000 $19,000

United States

Wisconsin

Germantown

Other important Census statistics are (data from 2000 Census unless otherwise noted): Total Population (2006 estimate)

19,345

Owner occupied housing units

5,390

Median mortgage payment

$1,370

(874 units not mortgaged)

$440

Renter occupied housing units

1,503

Median rental payment

$709

Median household income

$60,742

Median household value

$169,900

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS Germantown Population Trends 1960-2006 Village of Germantown Washington County

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2006 est.

622

6,974

10,729

13,658

18,260

19,345

46,199

63,839

84,848

95,328

117,493

128,211

The table shows Germantown’s growth

Each decade since 1960, Germantown’s rate

trend over the past 46 years. Germantown

of growth has been exponentially higher

has been one of the fastest, if not the fastest,

than Washington County.

growing community in Washington County.

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Village of Germantown Parks

it is imperative to examine the existing

The Village of Germantown Park and

parks.

Recreation

growing.

provides guidelines for improving current

However, in its current configuration, it does

parks and facilities and/or justifies the need

not function as one entity because it lacks

for additional park land. The first step is to

two of these key components.

determine the constraints of the overall

recreation

Department

agencies

is

have

Park and

three

basic

components; 1) recreation programs, 2) parks maintenance, and 3) capital plan development. The parks maintenance is the responsibility

of

An analysis of the department

parks system. The village can be broken into two distinct halves, north and south of Freistadt Road. Freistadt Road is considered the physical

the

dividing line between the

Department of Public Works

urban and rural portions of

and over the past seven plus

the village. According to

years limited dollars have

the

been dedicated to capital improvement projects.

village

address

the

recreation

park

rural

village

has

the

residential

and space.

nine of 11, are located

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south of Freistadt Road (see appendix). parks

comprised of over 400 acres. One of the parks, Wilderness Park, is an undeveloped environmental area consisting of 200 acres. In order to ensure planning efforts meet the future needs of the Village of Germantown, 18

and

The majority of the parks,

opportunities

currently

densely

agricultural/open

and

found in Germantown at this time. The

a

northern portion is zoned

human resources will be This chapter will

is

Germantown

and

needed.

the

populated urban section of

to improve the quality of life funding

maps,

southern portion of the

To

ensure the continued efforts

additional

zoning

The Village of Germantown Park and Recreation

Commission

began

the

comprehensive planning process in late 2007. The Park and Recreation Director and the commission discussed their visions for the park system at their monthly meetings Germantown Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan


3.0 CURRENT SERVICES from December 2007 through June 2008. A

Service area and accessibility: The service

list of projects that would improve the

area is confined to a sub-neighborhood level

overall service, safety, and aesthetics of the

of 500 to 2,500 residents within a 1/4 mile

parks was compiled. Each idea fell into one

area.

of four categories; 1) landscape, 2) capital improvements, 3) routine maintenance and 4) programs/activities. As the final step of this process, the commissioners assigned each item a priority rating.

Acres/1,000 people: No ratio established; suggested .1 to .3 acres. Size range: 1,000 square feet to one acre. Can be serviced through mobile recreation

Park Classification

programs.

The following information was taken from

Neighborhood Playground

the

National

Recreation

and

Park

Association (NRPA). The NRPA suggests

Description: Designed to provide both active

that a park system, at a minimum, be

and passive short-term activities. Usually

composed of a total of 6.25 to 10.50 acres of

located adjacent to public schools.

developed open space per 1,000 population. Contents: Distinct play areas for preschool Playlots

and school age children, shelter structures,

Description: Small areas intended primarily

open space, multiple-use paved for court

for the use of children up to early

games, areas for field games, some off-street

elementary

parking, lighting.

grades.

Most

suited

for

apartments, townhouses, and trailer parks. Population served: General focus is for ages Contents: Play equipment, swings, slides,

5 to 14, with informal recreation for all ages.

sandboxes, benches.

One per 1,000 to 5,000 population: possibly one for every elementary school.

Population

served:

Generally,

serves

toddlers to age nine. Should be designed to

Service

have

Neighborhood. Walking distance within 1/2

areas

that

accommodate

adult

gatherings.

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area

and

accessibility:

mile radius.

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Acres/1,000 persons:

2.0 for cities of

Acres/1,000 persons: 2.0 for cities of 1,000

10,000 to 25,000, 1.5 for cities of 25,000 to

to 25,000, 1.5 for cities of 25,000 to

100,000.

100,000. Size range acres: 6-8 for cities of 1,000 to

Size range acres: 5-10 for cities of 1,000 to

25,000, 5-8 for cities of 25,000 to 100,000.

25,000, 4-8 for cities of 25,000 to 100,000 Community Playfield Neighborhood Park

Description: Primarily an athletic complex

Description: Landscaped natural park of limited

size

primarily

for

passive

recreational needs of all ages but with designated active areas. Provides some scenic and aesthetic value. Should be

that serves the recreational needs of the community. Usually one per community, however, if the community is cut by barriers or if sufficient acreage cannot be obtained, then two are recommended.

located in the center of a multiple-family dwelling neighborhood or nearby site.

Content: Athletic complex - lighted court

Content: Open lawn space, shrubbery, small

and field games area, community center,

picnic areas, drinking fountain, miniature

swimming pool, lawn areas, adequate

scenic paths or nature walks, area for court

parking, may have picnic and play area for

games if not provided at a nearby recreation

children. May be a portion of major

facility, off-street parking, and lighting. Has

community park. Has high potential for

some program potential.

recreation programming.

Population served: For all ages. From 1,000

Population

served:

All

ages.

Entire

population of community, 10,000 minimum

to 10,000 maximum.

to 30,000 maximum. Service area and accessibility: neighborhood.

Entire

If park is unique, it may

Service area and accessibility: Within biking distance.

attract others from another neighborhood. Acres/1,000 persons:

Minimum one acre

per 1,000 persons. Cities up to 50,000 it is

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25,000 persons; within 30 minutes for cities

persons.

of 25,000 to 250,000.

Size range acres: 15 to 25 for cities of 1,000

Acres/1,000 persons: From minimum of one

to 250,000

acre to maximum of five acres. Recommended: 5.0 acres for cities of 1,000 to 100,000.

Major Community Park Description: A large natural area and/or landscaped area to provide urban dwellers escape for city congestion without traveling a large distance. Designed to accommodate a large number of people and a wide variety

Size range acres: 20-35 for cities of 1,000 to 25,000, 50-100 for cities of 25,000 to 100,000. Urban Greenspace or Open Space

of activities. Provides for both intensive use and passive use.

Description: Passive areas in landscaped or natural state in or near urban areas. May be

Content:

Provides

for

combination

of

intensive and non-intensive development ranging from play apparatus to bicycle trails. Typical

facilities

include

swimming

facilities, picnic tables, paths, game courts, gardens, and natural areas, pavilion, ample

planned for conversion to more intensive recreational use when needed and may provide environmental quality. Main recreational purpose is to act as buffer from congestion and provide aesthetic experience. It may also act as a land bank.

parking, and sanitary facilities. May include multipurpose trails internally or as part of a

Contents: Natural lands, watershed and

system.

waterfront, forests; landscaped borders, parkways,

Population served: All ages, toddler to retiree. Serves between 40,000 to 100,000 people. Service

boulevards,

corner

parks,

medians, downtown aesthetic parks, plazas, malls, and sanitary facilities. May provide bicycle, hiking, and nature trails as a feature

area

and

accessibility:

Entire

population for cities with population up to

or as part of a larger system. Population served: Entire population, but may also be

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES used as privacy buffer against high traffic

Indoor Recreation Facilities

corridors.

Germantown Park & Recreation currently operates three small indoor facilities. These

Service

area

and

accessibility:

Not

established. Usually part of the park system and viewed as part of urban design and urban

beautification

program.

Primary

facilities are the Survive Alive House, Kinderberg Park indoor shelter, and the Department of Public Works multi-purpose room.

accessibility is visual, may have hiking paths along traffic corridors.

Public School Facilities

Acres/1,000 persons: No ratio established.

The Germantown School District and the

Suggested to be .75 to 1.0 acres per 1,000.

Germantown

Cities of up to 100,000 would be 1.0 per

Department

1,000 persons.

agreement

Park have that

an allows

and

Recreation

intergovernmental the

park

and

recreation department to use its buildings Size range acres: From a few square feet to

without a fee. The Germantown Park and

an

Recreation Department uses these facilities

extended

boulevard

or

parkway

development.

for both active and passive recreation for youth, teens and adults.

Recreation Facilities Facility Basketball Court Tennis Court Volleyball Baseball (Youth)

Area Needed 7,280 sq ft 7,200 sq ft (1crt) 4,000 sq ft 1.2 acres min.

Units per Population 1 per 5,000 1 per 2,000 1 per 5,000 1 per 5,000

Football

1.5 acres

1 per 20,000

Soccer

1.7-2.1 acres

1 per 10,000

Softball Multi-Use Court

1.5-2 acres 9,840 sq ft

1 per 5,000 1 per 10,000

Swimming Pool

2 acres minimum

1 per 20,000

Trails

1 trail system per region

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Service Area 1/4 - 1/2 mi 1/4 - 1/2 mi 1/4 - 1/2 mi 1/4 - 1/2 mi 15-20 minutes travel time Depends on popularity 1/4 - 1/2 mi 1/4 - 1/2 mi 15 -30 minutes travel time

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events like the 4th of July festivities and Mai

In terms of acreage per person, the Village

Fest.

of

National

purchasing land in the northern portion of

Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

the village to cover the service gaps at the

standards used to measure this goal.

neighborhood level.

Germantown

meets

the

However, this is due in large part to the 200 acre wetland known as Wilderness Park. Wilderness Park is not accessible to the public and is land locked by private owners. The Conservation Fund on behalf of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) has purchased and continues to negotiate for additional properties around the park. The MMSD currently owns 19 properties totaling approximately 728 acres.

The village should also consider

Finally, there is a need for additional athletic fields to be developed to address the growth of the community and to centralize fields that are scattered all over the village. This will

allow

the

park

and

recreation

department to provide more types of fields for its own use but will also assist in meeting the needs of the affiliate leagues. The fields could be located in a new community park.

Someday those properties may be deeded to the village, which would allow for public access and possible development.

Not

counting the 200 acres that make-up Wilderness Germantown

Park.

The

Village

has

209.5

acres

of and

Washington County has 105 acres of developed park land.

This equals 14.98

acres per thousand residents and if only the village owned property, minus Wilderness Park, is taken into account the ration would be 9.98 acres per thousand. The ratio falls within the NRPA recommended acreage per thousand (6.25 to 10.50 acres); however Germantown lacks a “community park� that can easily accommodate community wide Germantown Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

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Site Inventory & Analysis The Village of Germantown parks system has a total of 11 parks. Each of the park sites are described in detail on the following pages. general

The name, size, type, amenities, impressions,

accessibility,

and

photos of existing conditions are listed on

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whole is in good condition but if routine and deferred

maintenance

issues

are

not

addressed soon the entire system could be in jeopardy of falling into a state of disrepair. This is nearly always due to lack of capital budgeting.

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Alt Bauer Park Park Location: South Central Park Size: 21 acres Park Type: Neighborhood/Environmental Park Amenities: Basketball court (1), tennis courts (3), playground, walking path paved & unpaved, picnic tables, drinking fountain, and small parking lot General Park Impression: The park is noted for its large, natural woodland and grassland areas. The park is split into two distinct halves by the Jefferson Ditch, a conservancy/storm drainage way. A small shelter with picnic tables by the playground would be nice for a family picnic. The basketball court should be added to the capital projects list for reconstruction. The parking lot needs attention. Invasive species are taking over along the paths. Some paths need work. Accessibility Level: Playground meets ADA standards for accessibility but the playground itself is a distance from the parking lot. The swings and sand play area are not ADA accessible. Notes: Parking lot resurfacing scheduled to be included in 2009 CIP budget. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Dheinsville Historical Park Park Location: Northwest Park Size: 9.5 acres Park Type: Historical site Park Amenities: Bast Bell Museum, Wolf Haus, Germantown Historical Society office, gazebo shelter, soccer fields (3), permanent restrooms, and off street parking General Park Impression: The park is underutilized due to its location. The Historical Society buildings are in great shape and are well maintained. The parking lot should be paved. Visitors to the Bast Bell Museum that have a handicap experience difficulty getting into the facility due to the gravel lot and paths. The dumpster is out in the open in a poor location. Accessibility Level: Poor Notes: Beginning in 2009, Germantown Kickers Soccer will be utilizing the soccer fields more. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Firemen’s Park Park Location: Central Park Size: 17 acres Park Type: Community Park Amenities: Baseball/softball diamonds (2), bleachers, basketball court (1), small soccer fields (2), sand volleyball court (1), horseshoe pit (1), playground, outdoor shelter (1), picnic tables, restrooms (1), grills, drinking fountain, off street parking, paved walking path and benches. General Park Impression: Mature park with a heavy tree canopy, playground is in good shape but is almost 20 years old (replacement recommended soon), paths are in good condition, shelter is in good condition, and tennis court is in a complete state of disrepair (recommend removing), and the picnic shelter is in good condition. Basketball court is scheduled to be replaced in 2009. Accessibility Level: Good Notes: According to the certified survey map the park, or what many consider to be the park consists of a few lots owned by the village (Fire Dept., Senior Center & Park & Rec. Dept.) as well as one lot owned by the Germantown Little League. This park could use a master plan for any future development. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Friedenfeld Park Park Location: East Park Size: 53 acres Park Type: Sports Complex Park Amenities: Flag football fields (2), bleachers, baseball diamond (1), regulation football field (1), soccer fields (6), concession stand/press box, walking paths, ponds and off street parking. General Park Impression: This park is young and in need of trees along the paths. Soccer fields need irrigation and should be put on a scheduled rotation for rest. Playground is scheduled to be installed in summer 2009. Capital monies will be needed to complete the path paving and construction of shelters. Accessibility Level: Good Notes: Park was developed through many generous donations. Parking lot and paths paved in 2007 using impact fees. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Haupt Strasse Park Park Location: Central Park Size: 13 acres Park Type: Neighborhood/special use Park Amenities: Lighted softball field (1), bleachers, tennis courts (2), sand volleyball court (1), soccer fields (2), skate park, horseshoe court, playground, shelter and off street parking. General Park Impression: The playground is in good condition but is secluded from the rest of the park (potentially dangerous). The park is located in the water and sewer service area but does not have a restroom facility or water fountain. The skate park is small, might want to consider expanding. Accessibility Level: Good Notes: The only lighted softball field in the village. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Kinderberg Park Park Location: Southwest Park Size: 23 acres Park Type: Community Park Amenities: Baseball field (1), bleachers, soccer fields (2), tennis courts (4), sprayground, multi-purpose indoor/outdoor shelter, permanent restrooms, sledding hill, ice rink, paved lighted walking paths and playground. General Park Impression: Most heavily utilized park in the system on a daily basis. A big attraction is the sprayground because it is the only public aquatic amenity in the village. Parking is a problem because all visitors must park on the road. Nice clean indoor/outdoor shelter with restrooms. Large playground. Overall, most complete park in system. Baseball diamond is in need of attention. Accessibility Level: Good Notes: Might want to consider removing the ice rink to install basketball and sand volleyball courts. The rink has been operational less than two weeks since 2005. No parking lot. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Little League Park Park Location: Central Park Size: 10 acres Park Type: Special Purpose (leased to Germantown Little League) Park Amenities: T-ball field (1), baseball fields (2), bleachers, storage/concession building, permanent restrooms and off street parking. General Park Impression: Accessibility Level: Good Notes: Park and Recreation Department owns but does not maintain or use the facility. Germantown Little League has a long term lease with the village. Existing Conditions: No pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Schoen Laufen Park Park Location: Central Park Size: 39 acres Park Type: Environmental Park Amenities: Walking paths, shelter and off street parking. General Park Impression: Park is in good condition. Scenic park with large natural area with a river running through. Gravel paths might have some accessibility issues. Signage in need of repairs. Invasive plant species have taken over scenic areas of the park, especially along the river. Accessibility Level: moderate Notes: Only park in which leashed dogs are allowed. The Park and Recreation Commission initiated an invasive species clean-up to remove buckthorn, prickly ash and other unwanted species of vegetation. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Spassland Park Park Location: Southwest Park Size: 20 acres Park Type: Neighborhood Park Amenities: Disc golf (9 holes), paved/lighted walking path, tennis courts (2), basketball courts (2), playground, shelter, storage garage and off street parking (2 lots). General Park Impression: This is a great piece of property that offers many different uses. There are flooding problems during heavy rain and the water usually remains for a week or two. The water issues with the park make the baseball diamond virtually useless. The shelter is in need of replacement. The park is in the water and sewer service area but does not have a restroom facility. The walking path is in great shape but the workout stations are antiquated and should be removed or updated. Accessibility Level: Good Notes: Shelter is in need of being replaced. If it is not replaced soon it will need to be removed for safety reasons. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Wiedenbach Park Park Location: Southwest Park Size: 4 acres Park Type: Neighborhood Park Amenities: Basketball court (1), baseball diamond (1), fishing pond, pier, playground and off street parking. General Park Impression: Nice neighborhood park with a pond. Fishing is encouraged. Accessibility Level: Good Notes: Improve signage to lead people to the park because it is the most difficult park in the system to locate. Existing Conditions: See pictures

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES Park Name: Wilderness Park Park Location: Northeast Park Size: 200 acres Park Type: Environmental Park Amenities: None General Park Impression: No public access to the park. Accessibility Level: N/A Notes: The park is the headwaters of the Little Menomonee River. The Conservation Fund on behalf of the MMSD has been purchasing land around the property. To date they own 19 properties totaling over 700 acres. Existing Conditions: Satellite photo courtesy of Google Earth.

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES The Village of Germantown’s Recreation Programs

Meeting the customer’s needs is extremely

The village has an estimated population of

important because if they are not met

19,750 according to the United States

customers may seek the service elsewhere.

Census Bureau. Germantown is made-up of

The first step was to survey local park and

a combination of older and newer homes in

recreation

the middle to upper middle class range. The

organizational structure, types of facilities,

backbone of parks and recreation in any

programming levels and operating budgets.

community is the services that they offer.

The Village of Germantown falls into the

The studying of recreational programming

middle of expenditures and on the high end

allows for the collection of information that

for services delivered.

departments

to

compare

will lead to better planning for the future. Park & Recreation Department Analysis Number of Residents

Germantown*

Jackson

West Bend

Pewaukee**

19,750

11,000

30,000

22,500

Indoor Facilities

0

1

1

0

Number of Parks

10

6

36

13

Total Park Acres

400

114.7

1,265

240

Number of Programs

466

140

300

328

Pre-School Programming

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Number of Leagues using Parks

10

12

25

6

Full-Time Staff

8

2

17

4

Annual Operating Budget

$1.09 Mil

$422,946

$1.6 Mil

$826,349

Expenditures Per Person

$50.68

$38.45

$53.33

$36.72

*For this table both the recreation and parks budgets and staffing levels were combined to give an accurate comparison to other communities. ** Pewaukee Parks & Recreation serves both the city and village.

The above table makes it appear that

needs of a few programs.

Germantown has more indoor facilities than

Germantown

the other communities, but that is because

dedicated strictly to recreation. Currently

they are counting the Kinderberg shelter,

schools are used and there are a number of

Survive Alive House, and the DPW multi-

scheduling issues which occur each year.

lacks

the

indoor

Overall, space

purpose room. These spaces only meet the 46

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3.0 CURRENT SERVICES The Germantown Park and Recreation

The department used to have a stronghold

Department has a strong presence in the

on the staples of softball, basketball, and

community but has taken steps to improve

volleyball but in recent years private

its visibility by improving the seasonal

facilities have won over clientele. That loss

brochure, the quality of its web page and by

of clientele has resulted in a loss of revenue

better targeting of hard to reach groups like

and

teens. The primary focus of programming is

department in the minds of many adults.

has

affected

the

stature

of

the

heavily weighted towards youth programs, however, efforts are being made to attract more

Over the past five years the department has transitioned from

teens,

adults

and

families.

By

a

tax

subsidized agency and has

attracting

taken

participation from

typical

more

businesslike

these

approach.

hard to reach groups

a

The

lack of facilities

the

department will realize additional revenue as well as a possess

more balanced programming schedule.

significant

and

proper

staffing

levels

obstacles

to

the

department increasing its presence. This can Overall,

the

Germantown

Park

and

Recreation Department provides the services that are expected by the residents, however it does fall short in the adult sports league offerings.

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all be changed with operating and capital funds

as

well

as

dedication

towards

following this plan. If those steps are taken there will be opportunities for substantial improvement over the next five years.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Introduction

The

The goal of the Germantown Park and

responded if they were interested in a

Recreation Department is to provide quality

community center, what amenities they

programs,

for

would prefer if Germantown were to build a

This needs analysis was

community center, how much they were

developed to gain valuable information

willing to pay for a community center, were

about how the community uses park and

they interested in an outdoor aquatics center,

recreation services and to gage interest in

what amenities they would prefer, how

future development projects.

much were they willing to pay, how

services,

participants.

and

facilities

next

eight

questions

asked

the

important was the purchases of land for a The GPRD conducted a needs assessment by surveying

1,000

randomly

selected

Germantown households in March and April 2008. The survey asked 20 questions which required brief answers.

future park and a table asking to what level they would support a tax increase for maintenance, improvements, acquisition or development.

A total of 371

surveys were returned resulting in a 37%

Questions 17 through 19 were demographic

response rate.

questions about residency in Germantown, the member’s ages and gender.

Of the 20 questions that respondents were asked, the first four questions focused on

The final question was open ended and

familiarity, participation, and satisfaction

asked if the respondent had any additional

with the Germantown Park and Recreation

comments they would like to share that

Department.

might be useful to the park and recreation department.

Questions five through eight focused on how often respondents used the parks, what parks

A copy of the mail survey can be found at

they used and what amenities they used.

the end of this section.

There were also questions about what improvements they would like to see made in the parks system.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Demographic Information Time Lived in Village Number Responding 367 367 367 367

Less than 3 years 3-5 years 6-10 years over 10 years

Percent 10% 12% 13% 78%

Average Age of Respondents

Age of Member 1 Age of Member 2

Number Responding 354 310

Average Age 51.42 48.26

Gender of Respondent

Male Female

Number Responding 361 361

Percent 38% 64%

Needs Analysis Findings Question

one

asked

respondents

how

familiar they were with the Germantown Park

and

Recreation

Department.

Respondents were asked to answer familiar, somewhat familiar, or not familiar. Familiar

and somewhat familiar were combined to form one answer. 84% of the respondents were familiar with the Germantown Park and Recreation Department.

Familiar with Park & Recreation Department

Familiar with GPRD

Number Responding 364

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Percent 84%

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question two asks the respondents if any

Park and Recreation Department in the last

member of the household has participated in

12 months.

any programs offered by the Germantown Program Participation within Last 12 Months

Participated in Program Did Not Participate The

table

shows

only

36%

of

Number Responding 364

Percent

364

64%

36%

the

Beginning in 2009 the department will

respondents or members of their household

revamp program areas to attract more adults.

participated in programs offered by the park

Further investigation needs to be done to

and recreation department during the last

determine

year. This may suggest that the programs

respondents

and services being offered by the department

programs offered.

why have

a

large not

number

of

participated

in

do not reflect what all age segments of the community are looking for.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Looking at satisfaction of the park and

was further broken down to show the

recreation department, the following table

satisfaction level of those who responded

and graph show the five choices the

that were familiar with the Germantown

respondents had to choose from. The table

Park and Recreation Department.

Satisfaction No Opinion 30%

Very Satisfied 37%

Disappointed 2% Somewhat Disappointed 4%

Somewhat Satisfied 27%

Interestingly, 30% of the respondents had no

many respondents who are familiar with the

opinion as to whether they were satisfied or

GPRD are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

dissatisfied

with programs and services.

with

park

and

recreation

department programs and services. Without some basis of comparison it is difficult to draw a conclusion as to why so

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It can be

hypothesized this is because of the total respondents,

64%

of

them

have

not

participated in programs or services within the last year.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Respondents were asked how many times

used Village of Germantown parks and what

per year they or members of their household

parks they visited.

Frequency of Park Usage Number Usage Per Year Responding 1-5 times 362 6-10 times 362 11-19 times 362 20+ times 362 Have Not 362 Visited

Percent 29% 15% 9% 33% 15%

Parks Visited by Respondents 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

The table above shows that a high

Kinderberg, & Spassland, are located in the

percentage of the community (86%) uses the

most densely populated portion of the

parks between 1 or more times per year.

village.

People who use the parks 1-5 times per year

celebration and has the official designation

(29%) and 20+ (33%) times are about equal.

of a community park.

Firemen’s hosts the 4th of July

Kinderberg and

Spassland have amenities such as up to date The graph illustrates what parks the

playgrounds, disc golf, tennis, basketball, a

respondents say they use. The three parks

sprayground, paved walking paths, and large

that rank the highest in usage, Firemen’s,

shelters that attract families.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question 7 inquires about what amenities

following table shows the findings of all

are being used by park patrons.

those who responded to this question.

The

Amenities Used during Park Visits Number Responding Tennis Courts Basketball Courts Sand Volleyball Courts Athletic Fields Shelters Sprayground Playgrounds Walking Paths

307 307 307

Percent Using Amenity 26% 10% 7%

307 307 307 307 307

30% 30% 33% 57% 71%

This table shows that 71% of park users say

highest amenities used are playgrounds with

they visit the parks to use the walking paths.

57% of respondents. Athletic fields, tennis

This would suggest that residents would be

courts, shelters, and the sprayground are

interested in a community trail/sidewalk

used

system integrated with the parks. The next

respondents.

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by

approximately

30%

of

the

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question 8 asks the respondents what

parks.

The following graph shows the

improvements they would like to see in the

frequency of those responses.

Garden Plots Handicap Accessibility Skate Park Sports Field Maintenance Basketball Courts Sidewalks Trail Lighting Flower Beds Bike Racks Park Lighting Dog Park Trash Removal Cans Shelters Play Equipment Shade Trees Drinking Fountains Rest Rooms Picnic Tables Parking 0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25%

30%

35%

The graph shows the improvement that most

park (26%), shade trees (26%), drinking

respondents would like to see in the current

fountains (23%) and picnic tables (23%).

parks is restrooms (33%), followed by a dog

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question

9

asks

how

interested

the

interested, somewhat interested and not

respondent is in a community center. The

interested.

The following table combines

respondents were given three choices; very

those that are very or somewhat interested.

Interested in Community Center Number Responding 352

Interested in Community Center

Percent 58%

The table shows that 58% are interested in a

facility,

community

the

recreation purposes. This is a slim majority

findings to the entire community suggests

but indicates that some residents desire a

that 58% of residents favor some kind of

facility designated for recreation purposes.

center.

Generalizing

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operated

by

the

village,

for

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Considering

the

amenities

respondents

question 10 provides choices about what

would like to see in a community center,

they might prefer.

The graph below shows those answers.

Preferred Amenities Teen Center Day Care Computer Lab Meeting Rooms Aerobics/Dance Studio Classrooms Batting Cages Multi-Use Field House Don't Want Indoor Track Fitness Center Pool Indoor Courts 0%

10%

20%

30%

40%

50%

60%

70%

80%

90%

The graph shows that an indoor pool is the

publicly owned pool located within the

most preferred amenity, with 81% of the

village. Also of note is that there is a desire

respondents indicating that option. The next

by the respondents for a teen center, meeting

highest choices were fitness center at 60%,

rooms, computer lab, and indoor courts.

walking track at 44% and aerobics/dance

Generalizing by the data, it appears as if

studio at 33%.

there is a desire for a multi-use community center.

The overwhelming response to an indoor pool is probably due to the lack of a

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question 11 asks if they would support a tax increase for a community center, and if so, how much they would support.

Amount of Tax Increase Willing to Pay 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% $1-5 Per Month

$5-10 Per Month

$10+ Per Month

Don't Know

The majority of respondents are unsure of

It can be implied that the number of

what they are willing to pay and the next

respondents who are unsure of how much

most given answer was they would be

they would increase their taxes to pay for a

willing to pay between $1-5 per month.

community center selected that response because their decision would be based upon the proposed facility.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question 12 asked the respondents if they

Surprisingly 52% of the respondents were

were interested in an outdoor aquatic center.

not interested in an outdoor aquatic center.

Interest in Outdoor Aquatic Center

Outdoor Pool Very Interested Outdoor Pool Somewhat Interested Outdoor Pool Not Interested

Number Responding 362 362

Percent

362

52%

27% 21%

The table shows that the respondents seem

Considering that there is not a publicly

split on if they would like an outdoor pool.

owned pool in Germantown, it is the belief

If you look back at the community center

of the Germantown Park and Recreation

preferred amenities you notice that a pool is

Department that residents would rather have

the number one item desired if a community

an indoor pool to meet their needs year

center were built.

round.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Question 15 asks the respondents to rate on

important) the importance of purchasing

a scale of 1 (not important) – 5 (very

land for a future community park.

Importance of Purchasing Land for a Community Park Number Responding Importance of Land for a Community Park 358

Average of All Responses 2.59

The table shows that the respondents did not

that the residents of Germantown would

think purchasing land for the development

rather have a community center with an

of a community park is important at this

indoor pool instead of an outdoor pool that

time.

would only be open three months per year.

Conclusions

The Germantown Park and Recreation

The findings seem to give some clear indications

about

what

Germantown

residents desire and gives the park and recreation department some clues as to how to better serve the residents. Generalizing

Department needs to focus on improving marketing of programs to the larger public. Many of the comments as to why they no longer use the services are because their kids are all grown.

the findings as the opinions of the entire community, 84% of the residents are aware

The policy implications of the needs

they have a park and recreation department

assessment findings are that the Village of

but, amazingly, 64% responded they have

Germantown should consider conducting a

not used any services over the last year.

feasibility

study

to

determine

if

a

community center should be constructed and Considering

a

community

center

and

outdoor aquatics center it can be surmised

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Staff Visioning Session

projects, program ideas and capital items

The first step in this process was meeting

were decided upon each commissioner

with the park and recreation department staff

ranked the importance of each individual

to discuss their long range vision of the

item on a scale of 1 (important) – 4 (not

department.

important).

From

that

meeting

the

Chapter 6 will have the

following vision statement was adopted.

important

Vision Statement: “We partner with the

implementation schedule.

community to provide high value parks

Special Interest Group Meeting

items

worked

into

the

and recreation experiences for all ages, This meeting was held very early in the

abilities and interests.”

process to gain input from special interest groups which include, Germantown Kickers, Germantown

Hawks,

Jaguars

and

Germantown Little League, about their wants and needs. The main points that came out of the meetings were a desire for more organization at the facility level and all the groups wanted to meet at least once if not Park & Recreation Commission Visioning

twice annually.

The following were the

major items discussed; The Germantown Park and Recreation Commission added a monthly agenda item and held a special meeting to discuss what their vision was for the park and recreation department.

During this meeting the

commission addressed, in detail, each park

1. The formal agreements that are in place are weak and lack specifics. 2. There is a lack of usable practice areas in the village, particularly at Friedenfeld Park for football.

3. All the affiliates want to be better park

within the village park system and outlined

users and with the lack of consistent

what each park needed. They broke items

communication has created scheduling

down

issues at parks. The lack of capital budget

into

four

categories;

landscape,

general maintenance, capital improvements and programs/activities. Once all of the 60

has

passed

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the onto

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT Focus Group Meeting

Community Center

The Focus Group consisted of six members

This topic seems to keep popping up. Most

of

differing

residents want a community center but do

The following information

not want their taxes increased. Within this

was written by the Focus Group after three

community center a pool, performing arts

meetings.

center for music, theatre, and indoor space

the

community

backgrounds.

from

for meetings seem to be part of the wish list.

Focus Group Opinion After reviewing the survey and reading the plan, we believe the concerns, needs and wants have been identified and addressed.

Some keen observations by individuals in this group were that, unlike our neighbors of Hartford and West Bend, Germantown is a relatively

young

community.

The

In reviewing the survey, two statistics

community does not have generations of

standout:

families who invested in their communities

1. 71% of survey respondents used the walking paths in Germantown. 2. 58% of survey respondents favor a community center with 80% of those

children’s children would benefit. Also, the generation now looking at retirement holds the most wealth. Where will they invest it? It is believed that retirees will hold onto

wanting an indoor pool.

more of their wealth to make sure there is

3.

enough to last through their retirement.

Walking paths This

because they knew their children and

amenity

has

so

many

pluses:

inexpensive health benefits, safety versus walking/biking on roads, quality of life for all ages, community promotion of healthy living,

could

potentially

lighten

transportation costs to schools if improved

Looking

at

the

population

explosion

Germantown has experienced over the past 40 years, would indicate most residents are the first generation.

People today only

average 5-10 years in any one spot. So why would they invest any amount of money in a

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT community knowing they probably will not

In conclusion, a lot of information has been

be there to enjoy it.

generated in the past year. It is our belief

Yet, there are some original Germantown families

still

very

dedicated

to

this

community, there are businesses wanting to make a contribution to the community, and there are young families who want to make Germantown their long term home if it in turn can provide “all they want in a community”.

This

community center

project could be the focus that draws these different facets of the community together, working together toward a common goal.

that the public, stakeholders, and appointed officials have had a strong voice with the results providing baseline support for the goals and objectives as well as the implementation

of

this

five

year

comprehensive plan. This should ease the political will into adoption of the plan and start the road to an improved parks and recreation department in Germantown. Public Participation Two public meetings were scheduled during

Germantown seems to lack a “sense of

the months of April and May 2008. These

community”. It may be because those living

meetings were noticed and publicized by

here weren’t the people who built the

local newspapers. Unfortunately only one

community.

member of the community attended the first

We all entered at different

phases.

meeting.

Manufacturing businesses that are located herehave owners and workers that live elsewhere.

They have no tie to the

community but, a strong community does support their business, even if residents do not buy their products. The community and strong economy may help the tax base and provide services for their employees.

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT GERMANTOWN PARK & RECREATION DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT 1. How familiar are you with the Germantown Park & Recreation Department?  Familiar  Somewhat Familiar  Not Familiar

2. Have you or any member of your household participated in any programs offered by the Germantown Park & Recreation Department in the last 12 months?  Yes  No

3. Regardless of participation with the Germantown Park & Recreation Department what recreation activities do you participate in? (circle all that apply)  Youth soccer  Babysitter Training  Adult basketball  Youth flag football  Preschool programs  Special events  Youth basketball  Art classes  Community Band  Youth baseball  Tennis lessons  Other______________ ___________________  Dance  Fitness classes ___________________  Gymnastics  Dodgeball __________________  Summer Playgrounds  Community education  Kids Klub  Adult softball  Safety Town  Adult volleyball

4. How satisfied are you with the Germantown Park & Recreation Department programs and services?  Very satisfied  Somewhat disappointed  No Opinion  Somewhat satisfied  Disappointed

Please answer the questions on the back of this page

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT 5. If any members of your household visited the parks, how often did you visit?  1-5 times  11-19 times  Have not visited any parks  6-10 times  20+ times

6. What park(s) did you or a member of your family visit? (circle all that apply)  Alt Bauer Park  Friedenfeld Park  Dheinsville Park  Haupt Strasse Park  Firemen’s Park  Kinderberg Park

  

Schoen Laufen Park Spassland Park Wiedenbach Park

7. If you or a member of your family visited the parks, what amenities did you use? (circle all that apply)  Tennis courts  Athletic fields  Playgrounds  Basketball courts  Shelters  Walking paths  Sand volleyball courts  Sprayground  Other_______________________________________________

8. What improvements would you like to have made to the parks? (circle all that apply)  Parking  Trash removal cans  Basketball courts  Picnic tables  Dog park  Sports field maintenance  Restrooms  Park lighting  Skate park  Drinking fountains  Bike racks  Handicap accessibility  Shade trees  Flower beds  Garden plots  Play equipment  Trail lighting  Shelters  Sidewalks  Other______________________________________________________

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT 9. How interested are you in a community center?  Very interested  Somewhat interested

Not interested

10. Regardless if you are interested or not, what amenities would you use if a community center were built?  Indoor courts  Multi-use field house  Computer lab  Pool  Batting cages  Day care  Fitness Center  Classrooms  Teen center  Indoor track  Aerobics/Dance studio  Don’t want  Meeting rooms

11. IF YOU WOULD SUPPORT A TAX INCREASE for a community center, how much would you support?  $1-5 per month  Over $10 per month  $5-10 per month  Don’t know

12. How interested are you in an outdoor aquatics center?  Very interested  Somewhat interested

13. Regardless if you are interested or center was built?  Water slide   Zero depth entry   Don’t want 

 

Not interested

not, what amenities would you use if an outdoor aquatic High energy slides 1 meter diving board Sand play area

Sun deck Kiddie pool

14. IF YOU WOULD SUPPORT A TAX INCREASE for an aquatic center, how much would you support?  $1-5 per month  Over $10 per month  $5-10 per month  Don’t know Please answer the questions on the back of this page Germantown Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

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4.0 NEEDS ASSESSMENT 15. On a scale of 1 (not important) – 5 (very important) how important is it that Germantown purchase land for the development of a community park? 1

2

3

4

5

16. Would you support an increase in property taxes to maintain existing parks, improve existing parks, acquire more parks, and/or develop more recreation facilities? (Check one that best describes your level of support) Maintain Improve Acquire Develop I would support it, depending upon the facility proposed. I would support it depending on both the facility and amount proposed. I would support it, depending upon the amount. Yes, I would support it. No, I would not support it.

17. How long have you lived in the Village of Germantown?  Less than 3 years  6-10 years  3-5 years  Over 10 years

18. Starting with yourself what are the ages of the people in your household? _______, _______, _______, _______, _______, _______, _______,

19. What is your gender?  Male  Female 20. What additional comments do you have for the Germantown Park & Recreation Department? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your time completing this survey. Please return it in the self addressed stamped envelope.

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5.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES Goals are the long term tasks that an organization sets for itself to accomplish. They are the unfulfilled needs that an

Objectives:  The commission has the final approval of fees and charges.

agency is attempting to correct.

 The annual operating and capital budget

Objectives are the smaller steps taken to

for the department are recommended to

accomplish the goals and it is imperative

the Village Board by the commission.

that they are complete if a goal is to be considered reached.

Objectives are also

 Provide the director with a greater level of authority over the operation of the

specific, measureable, and can be evaluated.

department

The goals in this plan are the results of the

maintenance and facilities.

including

oversight

of

commission, staff and public input. Some of the goals and objectives resulted from the professional opinions and observations of the Park and Recreation Director and a professor overseeing the development of this plan.

Goal: Reorganize the financial structure of the park & recreation department budget. Objectives:  Write a detailed operating budget sorted into

four

functions:

administrative,

The foundation of this study is the

recreation programs, park maintenance

transparent public planning process.

and capital improvements.

This

included public meetings, discussions at

 Establish a recreation fund.

monthly commission meetings, and a mail survey. This information provides insight into what the public wants from their park

Goal: Increase the funding for the park & recreation department operations.

and recreation department and the village.

Objectives:

Administrative Goals

 Increase

Goal: More autonomy for the park and recreation department and commission

total

program

revenue

by

expanding program offerings.  Increase fees to cover some preventative and routine maintenance projects.

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5.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES Goal:

Develop an on-going planning

process at the commission level.

sources

of

funding

and

support

for

recreation programs and parks.

Objectives:  Change the monthly meeting time so that it will maximize public participation.  Revamp the “Friends of Germantown Parks and Recreation” to become more active in getting people involved at the park planning level.

Objectives:  Apply for public and private grants.  Seek efficiencies in expenditures while sustaining quality.  Improve sponsorship opportunities for businesses in the brochure and online.

 Organize a citizen’s advisory committee to advise the commission and board on the implementation of this plan. Goal: Provide and develop an effective community and public relations program.

Goal: Increase number of staff assigned to department to better serve the community. Objectives:  Upgrade the office assistant position to full-time by 2011.

Objectives:  Implement

Goal: Seek out and/or develop additional

 Fund the addition of one full-time or two a

community

awareness

permanent part-time maintenance workers.

program that promotes the benefits of parks and recreation.  Promote the accomplishments and success of the department.  Engage residents at community events by having a booth promoting programs and services.  Make presentations to community leaders and community service groups.

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5.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES  Evaluate maintenance staffing levels and

Park Goals Goal: Transition the day to day park

increase as required to ensure the proper

maintenance

care of parks.

from

the

public

works

department to the park & recreation department.  Make sure park designs consider longObjective:

term maintenance costs.

 Revise the job description to show the Superintendant of Parks reports to the Park and Recreation Director.

 Improve athletic field maintenance to reduce risk of injuries and prolong use. Facility Goals

 Transfer all equipment assigned to the parks division of public works to the park

Goal: Develop plans for a community center.

and recreation department.  Work with public works department during the winter for snow removal.

Objective:  Conduct a needs analysis and convene a

Goal: Identify a maintenance standard for

citizen’s advisory committee to assist in

public lands maintained by the park and

the process.

recreation department.

 Preliminary design of a facility should be developed

Objective:

as

a

starting

place

for

discussions.  Develop a comprehensive maintenance

 Explore all sources of funding including

program manual detailing every aspect of

capital, fee support, donations, sales tax,

routine and preventative maintenance.

etc. that would be applied toward debt

 Allocate

budget

monies

to

attain

maintenance standard through the general and capital funds.

service.  When concept plans are completed a consultant should be hired to do a

 Allocate budget monies toward the urban

feasibility analysis to determine how the

forest by contracting the services of a

building would succeed on a financial and

forestry expert.

programmatic basis.

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5.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES Goal: Ensure that village and park facilities

Goal: Make village parks easier to locate to

are perceived to be safe.

increase usage.

Objectives:

Objectives:

 Replace

deteriorating

equipment

and

 Improve

the

signage

on

main

physical structures to ensure longevity and

thoroughfares and neighborhood streets to

safety for all users.

lead people to the parks.

 Study the need for lighted parks and pathways to ensure that recreational spaces are safe.  Gain input from public safety officials and village staff in the review of parks and trails.  As warranted, increase police presence through bicycle and/or foot patrols where safety concerns are perceived or have been

 Develop a better facilities location map and description of amenities. Development Goal: Invest in park development. Objectives:  Implement the capital plan outlined in this document.  Identify and apply for grants that can assist

identified.

with offsetting the cost of recreation Goal: Improve and maintain current intergovernmental

agreement

with

the

Germantown School District for use of district operated buildings. Objectives:  Work with the Village Board and School Board to share as many services as possible.

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programs or construction in the parks.  Ensure that a variety of recreational elements and spaces accommodate the needs and desires of different age groups.  Support the development of a detailed site plan for each park, trail and public area that

includes

design

development,

construction drawings, cost estimates and maintenance budget.

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5.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES Goal: Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity

 Continue to promote removal of invasive

between parks and the village streets is

species in all parks, especially natural

improved through trail development and

areas.

maintenance. Recreation Programming Goals Objectives:  Work

Goal: Reorganize the recreation division.

with

Engineering

the

Village

Department

Board to

and

increase

formal access to the current sidewalks and

Objectives:  Perform

a

market

analysis

of

the

trail system and extend the trails to the

recreation programs currently offered and

parks.

needed.

 Work with private property owners and developers to acquire easements which increase connectivity between residential and commercial districts.

This would include services

offered by competitors in the public and private sector.  Develop a plan for competing with these agencies to regain market share in

Goal: Develop standards of park and recreational facility design to achieve high

programming areas such as adult sports.  Expand the use of contractual services for the delivery of recreation programs.

levels of aesthetic and functional quality.

Goal: Residents, visitors and workers enjoy

Objectives:

opportunities to improve health and fitness.  Promote

a

unified

design

theme

throughout that is represented by signage, fencing,

play

equipment,

lighting,

construction materials and landscape.  Incorporate

Objectives:  Provide opportunities for self-directed recreation.

of

 Form and encourage groups or clubs that

vegetation in park spaces that contribute to

help motivate individuals to reach their

aesthetic appeal.

health and fitness goals.

more

extensive

use

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5.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES  Integrate

non-traditional

recreational

opportunities for all ages in the parks system.  Ensure

recreational

opportunities

are

available for persons with disabilities.  Keep

current

with

recreational

programming trends. Goal:

Hire

two

permanent

part-time

Assistant Recreation Supervisors. Objectives:  Fund the two positions through revenue generated by programs.  Assign the positions the responsibilities of assisting the Recreation Supervisors with the day to day delivery of programs.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION Implementation is the most important phase

This document should be seen as a contract

of any plan. Chapter 5 outlined goals and

between the GPRD, Park & Recreation

objectives that have the capability to make

Commission,

the Germantown Park and Recreation

residents of the Village of Germantown.

Department one of the best in the state. This

This plan was designed to make significant

chapter is organized into a series of action

improvements to the department and the

plans that, if implemented, will meet the

parks system in a short period of time. The

goals and objectives outlined in this plan.

key to a successful implementation schedule

This chapter is the culmination of all the

is frequent staff and commission meetings to

hard work put forth in research, meetings,

review the progress and make adjustments to

and discussions that have taken place over

the schedule. It is important to have a clear

the past year. The reason for this plan is to

picture of the funding for the projects

set priorities for the park and recreation

outlined in this plan to get the necessary

department to follow and for the Village

buy-in at all levels of the organization.

Village

Board

and

the

Board to properly fund the department that sets the standard for the quality of life in the community.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION Action Plan Recommendations 2009 Action Plan The previous comprehensive plan is phased out and this will be the first year of the new plan with specific steps to bridge the gap between the old way of doing things and the new direction of the department.

1

2

3 4 5

Action Act no longer as the recreation department but as the park & recreation department. Write a detailed operating budget sorted into four functions; administrative, recreation, parks, and capital. Hire part-time Assistant Recreation Supervisors to assist with the day to day delivery of programs. Increase program, facility, and field rental fees. Initiate discussions with the Village Board on land dedications or fees in lieu of land. Identify and apply for grants that can assist with offsetting

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the cost of recreation programs or construction in the parks.

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8

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Revise all program contractual service agreements to show a 50/50 split of the gross revenue. Change meeting time of monthly meetings to maximize public participation.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION 2010 Action Plan

1

2

3

4

5

Action Create a “Recreation Fund� or revenue budget ( nonreverting operating fund for all recreation programs). Revise all affiliate agreements for youth and adult leagues that use Village of Germantown facilities. Seek additional revenue by securing land leases like cell phone towers. Fund the addition of two permanent part-time maintenance workers. Continue discussions with the Village Board on land dedications or fees in lieu of land. Identify and apply for grants that can assist with offsetting

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the cost of recreation programs or construction in the parks.

7

8

Reorganize current and new adult sports league offerings to better meet the needs of adults. Expand the use of contractual services for delivery of recreation programs.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION 2011 Action Plan Action Work with Chamber of Commerce and local businesses 1

on raising community awareness of the opportunities provided by the park and recreation department. Engage residents by holding neighborhood meetings.

2

3

4

Fund the current 他 time office assistant position at a fulltime level. Develop a comprehensive maintenance plan for all areas maintained by the park and recreation department. Improve relationships with affiliate groups and service groups in Germantown. Fund a study to determine exact routes, budgets, and

5

timeline for the development of a community wide pathway/bike path system.

6

Request monies to fund small capital projects through non-reverting fund (Recreation Fund). Identify and apply for grants that can assist with offsetting

7

the cost of recreation programs or construction in the parks.

8

Form a citizens advisory committee to explore the feasibility of a community center. Department staff should develop preliminary design plans

9

for a community center to provide the advisory committee with a starting point.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION 2012 Action Plan

1 2 3

Action Budget monies to implement the comprehensive maintenance program. Develop plans for a community center. Perform a needs analysis and convene a citizens advisory committee for the development of a community center. All funding sources for a community center should be

4

explored including fee support, donations, a dedicated sales tax levied by the village and applied to the debt service. Identify and apply for grants that can assist with offsetting

5

the cost of recreation programs or construction in the parks.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION 2013 Action Plan

1

Action Allocate budget resources to carry out maintenance plan.

2

Start planning process for next Comprehensive Plan. Partner with special interest groups when it benefits the

3

department through the creation of additional revenue and/or facilities (e.g. skate park or indoor pool).

4

Seek sponsorships and naming rights for facilities within village parks (e.g. Kiwanis Shelter). Identify and apply for grants that can assist with offsetting

5

the cost of recreation programs or construction in the parks.

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION Proposed Capital Improvement Plan This section of the plan is intended to be

This list is a combination of items not

used by the staff, commission and Village

completed from the previous plan as well as

Board as a guide for the planning and

new projects and is also the list presented to

maintenance

the Village Board as part of the 2009

improvements.

of

park

and

facility

All future improvement

budget.

projects and decisions should be guided by these recommendations to ensure that the parks system reaches its full potential.

2009 

Playground at Friedenfeld

Basketball court at Firemen’s

2010 

Design plans for Spassland Park restroom/shelter

Replace playground at Firemen’s

Park entrance sign at Dheinsville Park

Asphalt Dheinsville parking lot and pathways

Resurface Alt Bauer parking lot

2011 

Band Shell at Firemen’s

Life Trail System at Spassland

Replacement of 1991 mini-van

Construct shelter/restroom facility at Spassland

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION 2012 

Install electrical service to shelter at Schoen Laufen

Expand electrical service at Dheinsville

Move playground at Haupt Strasse

Bridge to school site at Kinderberg

Feasibility study for community center

2013 

Improve drainage at Spassland

Expand sprayground at Kinderberg

Purchase land for community center

Design plans for community center

2014 

Small gazebo at Alt Bauer

Replace playground at Alt Bauer

Construct community center

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Renovate/replace shelter at Firemen’s

Shelter/restrooms at Friedenfeld

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6.0 IMPLEMENTATION Conclusion The old saying goes “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” As the Germantown Park and Recreation Department looks to the future, it has its sights set on being considered one of the best departments in the state.

For this to happen, leadership

must ensure that this plan is implemented. In the first year of the plan progress needs to be shown not only internally, but externally as

well.

Not

everything

will

be

accomplished in a short period of time, but people must remember this is a marathon not a sprint. This plan does not have all of the answers.

It does, however, lay the

foundation with detailed recommendations. This plan should be reviewed annually at a minimum to chart its progress and make any necessary adjustments.

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APPENDIX Program

Purpose

Aids for the Acquisition and Development of Local Parks (ADLP)

To acquire or develop public, nature-based outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

$4 million avail. per yr. 50% local match per project.

May 1

Urban Greenspace Program (UGS)

To acquire land to provide natural space within or near urban areas, or to protect scenic or ecological features. To acquire development rights for nature-based outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

$1.6 million avail. per yr. 50% local match per project.

May 1

$1.6 million avail. per yr. 50% local match per project.

May 1

Acquisition of Development Rights

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Funding Deadline Notes Details Wisconsin Stewardship Programs

Administrative Agency

Contact

 A comprehensive outdoor recreation plan is required.  Priority for land acquisition.  Projects must comply with ADA.  A comprehensive outdoor recreation plan is required.  Projects must comply with ADA.

WDNR

Tom Blotz, Southeast District (414) 263-8610

WDNR

Tom Blotz, Southeast District (414) 263-8610

 Funds available to acquire development rights in areas where restrictions on residential, industrial, or commericial developments are in place.  May include enhancements of outdoor recreation.

WDNR

Tom Blotz, Southeast District (414) 263-8610

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Purpose

Funding Details

Deadline

Notes

Administrative Agency

Contact

Federal Programs Land and Water Conservation Fund Recreation Trails Act

To acquire and develop public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. To provide funds for maintenance, development, rehabilitation, and acquisition of land for motorized, nonmotorized, and diversified trails.

50% local match per project 50% local match per project

May 1

 A comprehensive outdoor recreation plan is required.

WDNR

May 1

 Funds may only be used on trails which have been identified in, or which further a specific goal of a local, county, or state trail plan.  Funds may be used on trails that are referenced in a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan.

WDNR with TEA-21 Funds

Tom Blotz, Southeast District (414) 263-8610 Tom Blotz, Southeast District (414) 263-8610

Statewide Multi-Modal Improvement Program (SMIP) Transportation Enhancement Program

Providing facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists. This program provides funding for rehabilitation and operating historic transportation buildings and structures, restoring railway depots, as well as streetscaping “Main Streets” and landscaping near transportation facilities.

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 Funded through TEA-21  20% local match

February

 Not a grant program. 80% of funds are reimbursed if all federal guidelines are met.  Project must relate to surface transportation.  Construction projects must be over $100,000  Non-construction projects must be over $25,000

WisDot

Mary Friggee (262) 548-8768

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APPENDIX Program Surface Discretionary Grant Program (STP-D)

Purpose

Funding Details

Provides flexible  Funded funds, which can be through spent on a wide TEA-21 variety of projects,  20% local including roadway match projects through the Federal-aid highway system, bridges, transit facilities, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Deadline

Notes

Administrative Agency

February

 Any project that fosters alternatives to single occupancy vehicle trips.  Facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists.  System-wide bicycle planning.  Construction projects must be over $100,000.  Non-construction projects must be over $25,000.

Contact

WisDot

Mary Friggee (262) 548-8768

USDOT

Mary Friggee (262) 548-8768

Federal Transit Administration Grants Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program

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Funds projects that will reduce vehicle trips and miles; reduce emissions due to traffic congestion, or reduce the per mile rate of vehicle emissions.

 Funded through TEA-21  20% local match

In April of odd numbered years

 Only available to Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Sheboygan, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Walworth and Door Counties.

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Purpose

Community Programs Empowerment Program Enforcement Program

For bicycle and pedestrian safety education and training projects, including helmet promotion and purchases, sponsorship of rodeos, classes, and development of brochures. Available for bicycle/pedestrian education. May also be used to develop safety classes for bicycle/pedestrian offenders. Funds to research needed to substantiate unique local needs for additional safety funding.

Highway Safety Program (Section 403)

Research Projects

Funding Deadline Notes Details Section 402 Highway Safety Funds

Administrative Agency

Contact

20% local match

OctoberDecember

 Engineering and maintenance work not eligible for funding.

WisDot Bureau of Tranportation Safety

Thomas Loeffler, Southeast District (414) 266-1097

20%-50% local match per project

February

 For communities that can document bicycle crashes related to motor vehicle violations.  Funds new enforcement programs up to $1,000.

WisDot Bureau of Tranportation Safety

Thomas Loeffler, Southeast District (414) 266-1097

20% local match

February

 A study of transit needs on public lands to access the feasibility of alternative transportation modes (section 3039).

WisDot Bureau of Tranportation Safety

Thomas Loeffler, Southeast District (414) 266-1097

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Other Programs Surface Transportation Environment Cooperative Research Program

Evaluate transportation control measures. Improve understanding of transportation demand factors. Develop performance indicators that will facilitate the analysis of transportation alternatives.

20% local match

OctoberDecember

 Money available for the development of national bicycle safety education curriculum.  Money available for grants to a national not-for-profit organization engaged in promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Money available for a study of the safety issues attendant to the transportation of school children to and from school and school related activities by various transportation modes.

FHWA

U.S. Department of Tranportation (202) 366-4000

Urban Forestry Grants

Assistance for tree maintenance, planting, and public awareness.

$1,000 to $25,000 grants awarded with a 50% local match

October 1

 Funding is prioritized for communities needing to develop an urban forestry plan, needing worker training, and needing to conduct a street tree inventory.

WDNR Urban Forestry

Tracey Teodecki (608) 267-3775

Home Depot Community Improvement (Environmental) Grants

Assistance for forestry and ecology projects, clean-up/beautification projects, recycling programs.

Home Depot Community Affairs

Local Home Depot Manager

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2009-2013 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan  

Germantown Park & Recreation Department 5 year plan.

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