Construction is expected to begin spring 2017 for the first phase of Campus Park, a multi-use recreational park near the Mount Pleasant Village Hall.
With financing for some of the infrastructure lined up, the project will sit on a 38-acre parcel of land in the village and include facilities for live music, food and athletics.
The playground was made possible by a sizable five-figure donation from from John and Nannette Greenwood, and $852,000 from Tax Incremental District #2.
Originally conceived as a park devoted to athletic fields, the village decided on a facility with diverse array of public offering, following input from the public. The reason for the manifold recreation area: To attract residents and businesses from nearby communities, said Jim Svoboda, Parks and Recreation liaison in an email to Racine County Eye.
“There comes a time when we need to invest in ourselves knowing that the business’ and residential development will follow,” Svoboda wrote.
Right now, the village has plans for a park with baseball diamonds, tennis and volleyball courts, a performance shelter for live music and theatre, a large building with bathrooms, and a playground. This first phase is expected to encompass roughly half of the 38 acres, Svoboda said.
The buildings in the park will be similar to those found at Smolenski Park and will continue to use the general design of the Village hall, which features wood and brick structural components.
A bier garden is also in the works for the park, Svoboda said.
“The revenue from that alone could maintain this entire facility,” he said.
Plans for the park include putting in a garden space surrounded by a wrought iron fence, which will be available to rent for events and weddings. The bier garden would be a traveling service, with outside vendors being contracted to use the space. If it becomes popular, a more permanent bier garden may replace it.
“I can solicit donations for shelters, performance/ band shelter, but it’s hard to convince someone to sponsor water, sewer and electric lines as well as a parking lot,” Svoboda wrote.
The village set up a 501(c)(3) for the park, giving it non-profit status, with the help of the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce Inc. Village officials think beginning construction on the project will generate interest in the community to assist in filling out the rest of the 38 acre parcel, Svoboda said.
Potential donors and sponsors, such as local businesses and organizations, are still being solicited by the village for some of the parks facilities.
The village has already started working with Park High school’s construction and drafting class for construction on the project, Svoboda said. And the Racine Pickleball Club is getting involved with the tennis courts, which can be used for their racket sport.
To make a donation, contact Jim Svoboda at (262) 664-7840