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forests is in one acorn.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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 Expense Priorities
Equipment and Amenities
- Final Engineering
- Park Site Upgrades
- 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
- Plaza (concrete)
- Tables (4)
- 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
To Be Announced