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Park and Open Space Planning
Purpose
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 is working with the Plan Commission on an overall update to the City's 2017 Park and Open Space Plan. The 2010 Park and Open Space Plan was adopted in April of 2010 and it has been approximately seven years since the adoption of the plan. Staff has determined it necessary to review the document and update basic housekeeping items to reflect City progress and growth since the last Plan Update in April of 2010.

The Plan Commission will serve as the Steering Committee for this update and will provide feedback on the proposed changes. Per State Statute, a public hearing will be held before the Plan Commission in order to present the proposed amendments. The Common Council will adopt the final changes via ordinance.

The Plan Commission reviewed the draft of the Park and Open Space Plan on March 6, 2017 and March 30, 2017.

Park and Open Space Plan


A public hearing will be held before the Plan Commission on June 5, 2017.