Park and Open Space Planning
The Park and Open Space Plan is intended to provide a sound and workable plan in guiding the acquisition of lands and the development of facilities to meet the outdoor recreation needs of city residents. The plan also aims to preserve wetlands, woodlands, stream corridors, and other natural resources within the city. Consistent implementation of this plan would, over time, provide an integrated system of park and open space sites within the city that would preserve important natural resource areas and provide New Berlin residents with opportunities to participate in a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
Implementation & Funding
The City of New Berlin's Parks and Recreation Commission and the staff of the Recreation and Community Maintenance Department have primary responsibility for implementation of the Park and Open Space Plan. Funding to implement the plan, however, is the prerogative of the city's Common Council. The plan presented in this report should not be considered a budget document or viewed as a commitment on the part of the Common Council to provide funding for the recommended projects. Funding decisions are made by the Common Council as part of the annual city budget process and are based on available funds and consideration of a variety of other activities and projects competing for limited city financial resources.
2017 Park and Open Space Update
The Department of Community Development, along with the Plan Commission, has completed an overall update to the City's 2017 Park and Open Space Plan. It had been approximately seven years since the previous Park and Open Space Plan was adopted. Staff determined it was necessary to review the document and update basic housekeeping items to reflect the City's progress and growth since the last Plan Update in April of 2010.
The Plan Commission served as the Steering Committee for this update and provided feedback through the process of updating the Plan. The Plan Commission reviewed the draft of the Park and Open Space Plan on March 6, 2017, March 30, 2017 and June 5, 2017. Staff held Open Office Hours on May 9, 2017 and May 23, 2017 to allow community members to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed changes. Per State Statute, a public hearing was held before the Plan Commission on June 5, 2017 in order to present the proposed amendments. The Plan Commission approved a resolution recommending Common Council adoption of an ordinance that approves the proposed amendments. The Common Council adopted the final changes, via ordinance, on June 13, 2017.