Trucks could be seeing coming and going from Reigle Family Park last Friday as about 140 loads of crushed asphalt millings were delivered to Kewaskum’s newest park. The millings will be used as a base for a parking lot in the village park.
The asphalt material is from Edgewood Road, where a village street project is currently underway. “It is really exciting to see things come together as the park is developed,” said Nathan Scheel, president of the Kewaskum Athletic Association (KAA).
The KAA and the Kewaskum Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) are responsible for developing the new 31-acre village park, which was created last October. The estimated price tag for the park is about $2.1 million. About half of that has been raised, and many in the community are stepping forward with in-kind donations.
For example, Stark Pavement Corp. donated the milled asphalt, valued at about $30,000 to the park. “We greatly appreciate that we were able to work together. We didn’t have to truck the product all the way back to Brookfield, and we are trying to expedite getting the park done to make the residents and park users happy,” said Stan Maertz, who works for Stark Pavement Corp. and lives in Farmington.
The support from the community gives new meaning to the term “community park,” according to KYSO President Dan Fischer. “We appreciate all the in-kind donations we have been receiving.
They are really helping to make this park a reality,” Fischer said. Stoney Hill Specialties reworked its schedule and helped pile the asphalt grindings and tree brush at a reduced cost. In addition, the Kewaskum School District donated excess topsoil from its construction project to the new park.
Work on the park began in January, when trees were logged from the park. Once warmer weather arrived in March, the tree stumps were ground and brush was piled up within the park. Kevin Parish, a civil engineer for Quam Engineering, donated his time to create a conceptual plan and grading plan for the park.
The conceptual plan for Reigle Family Park includes nine soccer fields, two baseball fields, concession stands, restrooms and parking areas. Also included are nature trails, children’s playground, fishing pond and picnic spaces.
The grading plan was sent to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) earlier this week. That DNR must approve that plan before any excavation can begin. Planning is underway for a trail that will go around the park’s two-acre pond. Colin Duren, a local Boy Scout, has adopted that path as his Eagle Scout project.
“The park is definitely an awesome project. If you haven’t been down to the pond area, it is definitely worth the walk down there to see how beautiful the land is and everything the park has to offer,” Fischer said. For more information about Reigle Family Park or to donate to the cause, visit https://reiglefamilypark.wordpress.com.