Plan commission to review park survey results

With grant money, some projects could be completed in 2024
Kevin Passon

Members of the Bonduel Plan Commission are scheduled to meet Dec. 4 to discuss the results of the recent survey about the village’s parks.

Jesse Rankin, village director of municipal operations, said the commission will review the results and propose a plan that will be forwarded to the committee of the whole and then to the full village board, most likely in January.

“We’ll compare what the citizens said in the survey with the priorities of the plan commission,” Rankin said.

The October survey gathered results from 207 people, including 175 residents of the village. Rankin said he was pleased with the number of responses.

“That was a good number,” he said. “We had 200 responses out of the 1,500 residents of the village.”

Rankin acknowledged the playground equipment in the parks is old and in need of replacement, so he was not surprised that was a concern of residents.

“The playground equipment is outdated, no question,” he said.

He was surprised that the possibility of creating pickleball courts was not as popular as believed.

“I really thought pickleball would be more popular,” he said. “That was evenly divided right down the middle.”

Of the 203 who responded to whether they would use the courts if they were constructed in Bonduel, 102 said yes and 101 said no.

Rankin also noted that four out of five respondents support vacating and removing the portion of Park Street that dissects Village Park to accommodate new facilities and improve safety.

When the village created its comprehensive plan four years ago, an outdoor recreation plan was also supposed to be created. However, the idea fell through the cracks until now.

“We need a recreation plan to apply for grant money, and then we can fix up the parks,” Rankin. “Shawano used a lot of grant money at Memorial Park, and we’d like to apply for grants, too.”

Rankin said the village has set money aside the past few years for park improvements. If grant money can be received yet in 2024, some projects could be completed right away, while others could be scheduled for the following year.

“I’d love to get some things done next year,” Rankin said.