After Menomonee Falls completed the first phase of upgrades at Village Park last summer, it is now kicking off phase 2 for additional upgrades.
Phase 1 included a new multipurpose plaza space, a performance stage, and multiple electrical access points for event providers.
Phase 2 includes a splash feature, an all-inclusive children’s play area, and upgrades to the tennis and pickleball courts. Village manager Mark Fitzgerald said construction is expected to start in the spring and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022. No further phases are planned.
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The goal is for Village Park to be a “welcoming, welcoming place for all ages and abilities,” said village planner Tyler Zwagerman. He also said bringing more people to Village Park would “overflow” to help downtown businesses near the park.
Zwagerman said about 75,000 people have come to Village Park this summer for events, concerts, programs or just for a walk. He attributed the popularity of the park to the new amenities achieved during Phase 1.
Fitzgerald said the second phase is expected to cost around $ 3.2 million. Of this amount, approximately $ 2.2 million would come from public investments such as park impact fees (funds from new building permits), tourism dollars (money from hotel tax) and additional financing of taxes. He also said the Menomonee Falls Optimist Club are planning to run a million dollar fundraising campaign to support the playground.
One of the features of Phase 2 is a 1250 square foot circular splash feature. It has sensor-activated ground fountains and no overhead structures for water toys, Fitzgerald said.
The plan is for the splash feature to have LED lights that can change color.
The splash function will be accessible to disabled people.
“It’s absolutely decorative,” Fitzgerald said. “He looks great. He said the splash function will be used in the summer, but will provide good lighting in the park all year round.
All inclusive playground
Another feature of Phase 2 is a destination play area designed for the inclusion of children and families of all ages and abilities.
The 13,000 square foot playground will feature a central multi-level climbing feature, an accessible swing and merry-go-round, a play hill, swings and toddler play structures. The rubber surface will make navigation easier for people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues, Fitzgerald noted.
“The size and inclusive design is unlike anything currently available in the village,” Zwagerman said.
Other features of Phase 2 include pickleball and tennis courts.
The park currently has six tennis courts. Due to the growing popularity of pickleball, two tennis courts will be converted to pickleball courts. Two tennis courts will be renovated. The additional space for the splash function and the playing field will eliminate two of the existing courts.
Zwagerman added that Phase 2 also includes a picnic shelter, rest areas and asphalt paths.
The entire phase will cover 2.75 acres.