Park and Open Space Planning
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
Funding to implement the plan 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.
2023 Park and Open Space Plan Update
The Department of Community Development, along with the Plan Commission, has completed an overall update to the City’s Park and Open Space Plan. The Plan Commission served as the Steering Committee for this update and provided feedback through the process; a draft of the Plan was reviewed at their March 7, 2022, November 14, 2022, February 6, 2023 and March 6, 2023 meetings. Staff held Open Office Hours on January 10, 2023 and January 24, 2023 to allow community members to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed changes. A public hearing was held before the Plan Commission on February 6, 2023 in order to present the proposed amendments. The Plan Commission adopted a resolution approving the proposed updates and forwarded their recommendation to the Common Council on March 6, 2023. The Common Council adopted the final changes via ordinance on March 14, 2023.