Jones Park

Jones Park 2017 - Town of Algoma
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Jones Park 2017 Vision Map

Jones Park entrance is located off of Addie Parkway and east of Leonard Point Road in the heart of a growing neighborhood
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Give cash now or pledge a gift over one to three years, to be fulfilled by December 31, 2017.

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“The creation of a thousand
forests is in one acorn.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jones Park 2017 Vision

Jones Park 2017 Vision
Green, accessible, open “nature space” in a growing, thriving community. A place for a peaceful morning walk before starting a busy day. Room for young children to play, move and learn to enjoy the outdoors; a better choice for school friends who like to shoot “hoops.” The perfect spot for neighbors interested in a friendly game of volleyball, a race up the fitness hill to capture the flag and, when the snow flies, jump on a plastic toboggan and go. Gather with friends and family for a picnic in the shelter to celebrate something special, nurture a flower garden. Or, just “be.”
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The Pavilion and Plaza offers a gathering space with picnic tables and is adjacent to a 14 stall parking lot that includes one handicap space. A Ping Pong table is strategically placed to double as a food serving surface for large gatherings. The parking lot and Pavilion will be at grade with a hard surface trail to accommodate people who are physically challenged.
Jones Park Pavillion
A 1/2 mile asphalt walking, running, and biking trail begins at the parking lot and winds throughout the park with “soft curves” extending west to Leonard Point Road and northwest. The layout will accommodate future plans for a complete trail system in the Town of Algoma connected with others in the County.
Jones Park Asphalt Trail
Entrance “Park of Flowers” Garden greets guests as they enter the grounds from the parking area. This natural environment continues throughout the park with a variety of trees, shrubs and grasses to provide shade, division of activity areas and ultimately create a beautiful place to spend time.
Jones Park Flower Entrance
Popular Pickle Ball and half basketball/game courts provide for a variety of competitive activities for teens and adults.
Jones Park Pickle Ball and Half Basketball Court
A children’s fitness-play area features a contemporary activity center for young children ages 2-5 and 5-12 years. Equipment is designed to encourage movement and fitness as well as play. Adults and teens supervising play or completing a workout may use the stationary strength building exercise equipment adjacent to the children’s play area.
Jones Park ADA-compliant children’s fitness-play area
Jones Park ADA-compliant children’s fitness-play area
Older children will be drawn to the 81 foot long zip line that is safe and fun. Say “goodbye” to hours on computer and TV screens!
Say “goodbye” to hours on computer and TV screens!
Winter sledding and all-season fitness hill nestled in the western corner of Jones Park is a hill designed for kids of all ages. The whole family will enjoy sledding on a sunny or snowy winter day and the challenge of a race to the top during other seasons.
Jones Park Winter sledding and all-season fitness hill
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Promote Health

An important part of the vision for Winnebago County is for communities that provide healthy recreational opportunities that are accessible and affordable for all ages. Jones Park will be a giant step toward this vision for the Town of Algoma by providing residents of all ages new opportunities to easily incorporate more physical activity into their lifestyle through:

  • A one half-mile asphalt walking, running and bicycling trail. The layout will accommodate future plans for a complete trail system in the Town of Algoma that will connect to other trails in the County.
  • Pickle Ball and Half Basketball Courts
  • Children’s fitness-play area designed to encourage movement and fitness as well as play
  • Stationary strength building exercise equipment for teens and adults adjacent to the playground
  • Winter sledding and all-season fitness hill
  • 81-foot safe and fun zipline
  • Green space for “open play” that is only limited by creativity

Parks are not for just for children anymore. The recreation needs of community residents have changed to encompass all generations. People are now more likely to engage in activities that they can do singly or with one or a few friends as opposed to organized sports. Park users have also become more nature and fitness oriented requiring a more flexible range of opportunities and green space.

Goal 1
Promote wellness and prevention activities to assure Winnebago County residents have an opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle.
Goal 2
Increase participation of Winnebago County residents in exercise and physical activities to improve their general health.
Goal 3
Reduce the incidence of obesity/overweight to improve health outcomes for Winnebago County residents.
Goal 4
Provide and promote healthy and safe recreational opportunities that are affordable and accessible for Winnebago County residents.
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Build Community

Progressive towns and cities increasingly include in their scope of responsibility, the need to create living environments that encourage healthy lifestyles.

Parks are among the variety of ways communities can play an important role in promoting health and improvements.According to the 2009 Parks and Open Space Plan, the Town of Algoma has virtually no new, useable parkland for its approximately 6,700 residents. The Northeast and Southeast Neighborhoods, from a land use perspective, including parks and recreation space, are fully developed and offer no opportunity to provide additional recreation space.

The Northwest and Southwest Neighborhoods are not fully developed, therefore offer the most opportunity to provide green, open spaces in the growing community. However, due to a variety of factors, park development in the Southwest Neighborhood is only likely to occur after further planning for the area is completed. Availability of the Jones’ property presented Town leaders with an opportunity to consider acreage for parkland in the Northwest Neighborhood.

In 2012, the Town of Algoma received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist with land acquisition to build a “passive” neighborhood park; one that will encourage healthy lifestyle choices and community building while creating an environment that is complementary to the existing setting and planned housing development.

Neighbors in close proximity to the future park were involved in planning with the Parks Committee and designers. In compliance with the definition of a passive park, a small percentage of space provides for active recreational uses and an area of .66 acres is reserved for future road right-of-way.

The balance of 9.01 acres will establish a natural setting for low-activity uses such as walking, biking, sledding, cross-country skiing, small group sports, socializing and quiet reflection.

A variety of good parks and other recreation areas, and plenty of them, are a source of community pride. They attract visitors to the community, potential residents and businesses, by enhancing the environment and quality of life.

Other noted park benefits include increased social harmony, vandalism reduction, improved self-image, reduction of isolation and loneliness of recreation participants, and the strengthening of families.

Town of Algoma green and open space progress to date includes the Northeast Neighborhood Kewaunee Street Park, Steinhilber Marsh, Oakwood School grounds and Sheldon Nature Preserve. Oakwood School grounds, with play equipment and ball fields, are considered effective recreation land but school activities take precedence for use of the space.Other NE Neighborhood locations are small or unusable as park space.

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“A strategy of conserving parks and open space is not contrary to a community’s economic health, but rather an integral part of it.”
John L. Crompton,
Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Services, Texas A&M University

Make a Jones Park 2017 charitable gift and become a member of the Town of Algoma TEAMGREEN

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TEAMGREEN MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
  • Annual Town of Algoma Green Space Plan update and tour with Administrator and Board Chairperson.
  • Invitation to hear speakers on topics related to community parks, trails, recreation and forestry.
  • Early participation in planning for future Green Space projects.

All contributions and pledges of $25 or more will be recognized by the Town of Algoma upon project completion. Donors may also be recognized in the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Donor Report in the year that coincides with their contribution. Gifts and pledges of $1,000 or more will be recognized on the central donor recognition sign placed at the entrance to the park. All contributions may be made In Honor or In Memory of someone special. Donors may choose to remain anonymous by indicating this preference on the commitment form.

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. The OACF has endorsed this project and will receive fully tax deductible charitable contributions on behalf of the Town of Algoma. When the overall goal is achieved, OACF will also hold, invest and distribute, upon request of the Town of Algoma board, any proceeds established for park maintenance expenses and future parks, trails, recreation and forestry projects.

From Plan to Realized Goal

The total budget for the Jones Park project includes land acquisition and preparation, equipment and amenities, project contingency and start-up funding of a park maintenance fund. Town of Algoma leaders purchased the land and are covering most of the site preparation expenses through a DNR grant and Town park land fees. The total Town investment to date is $360,764.96. Currently, there are no Town operating funds designated for park and other green space development or operating expenses. Private charitable donations are critical to the completion and maintenance of Jones Park and other parks, trails and forestry projects.

Summer 2014 marked completion of initial park site preparation. Additional funds will be necessary to purchase activity equipment and amenities for Jones Park. Any funds contributed above the amount needed for development of Jones Park will be held in the Town of Algoma Parks, Recreation and Forestry Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation for future parks, trails and green space development. The following is a project budget summary of what it will take to complete Jones Park in 2017.

Jones Park 2017 Charitable Goal

Jones Park 2017 Expense Priorities

Equipment and Amenities

  • Final Engineering
  • Park Site Upgrades
    • Mobilization
    • Drainage Revisions
    • Trail Modifications (Widening)
    • Excavation Below Subgrade (EBS)
    • 6” of Base Course added trail with widening
    • Inlet Protection
    • Lawn Restoration
  • Trail Asphalt Surface
  • Entrance Garden with limestone trail section
  • Asphalt Parking Lot
  • Children’s Fitness-Play Area with Zip Line and Engineered Wood Fiber surface
  • Benches (8)
  • Bathroom Structure (10’X10’)
  • Pavilion (20’X30’) and Plaza w/Accessories
    • Pavilion
    • Plaza (concrete)
    • Tables (4)
    • Grill
    • Trash Rec. (2)
    • Bike Rack (1)
  • Pickle Ball Court
  • Basketball Half Court
  • Teen/Adult Stationary Exercise Equipment
  • Sign/Donor Recognition
  • Park Maintenance Fund
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Sledding/Fitness Hill
  • Plantings (trees, shrubs, grasses)
  • Lawn/Native Seeding
Donor List

To Be Announced

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Note: Tax revenue received for Town of Algoma operations is 10.10% of all tax generated income. These taxes, plus service fees, account for over 80% of ToA revenue available for operation expenses.
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“Current Town of Algoma resources will not fully fund the Jones Park 2017 project or provide for future parks and trails development. Generous people who make charitable contributions for this purpose will create a better community for active children, teens and adults who call the Town, ‘home’.”
John Haese, Town Administrator

TOWN OF ALGOMA JONES PARK 2017

More Information and Commitment Card

15 N. Oakwood Road
Oshkosh WI 54904

920-235-3789

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