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City of West Bend Seeks Grant for Land Acquisition

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Urban Green Space Grant Requested for Land Purchase in the City of West Bend

Contact(s): Sara DeBruijn, DNR Grant Specialist, 414-263-8704,

December 9, 2019 at 10:58:41 am

WEST BEND, Wis. -- The city of West Bend has applied for a 50% matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of approximately 1 acre along the west bank of the Milwaukee River. The property includes two parcels currently used as parking lots for businesses. When developed, the property will remain parking lots open for public use and will include connecting existing sections of the Milwaukee Riverfront Parkway.

The Milwaukee Riverfront Parkway is a 4.6-mile east-west trail that follows the meander of the Milwaukee River through West Bend. The Downtown Riverwalk is the section of the trail that lies adjacent to downtown West Bent between Highway 33 to the north and Veterans Avenue to the south. The Downtown Riverwalk joins the Eisenbahn State Trail, a multi-purpose 5-mile north-south trail that bisects the city with the Milwaukee Riverfront Parkway via several pedestrian bridges and is the link between the downtown and cultural districts.

Stewardship-purchased land cannot prohibit nature-based outdoor activities (hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking or cross-country skiing) unless the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has determined that prohibiting one or more of those activities is justified to protect public safety.

Should this property be acquired as planned, city ordinance will prohibit the discharge of a firearm, hunting within the park, and trapping on the property. The department is proposing the prohibition of gun hunting and trapping on this property because it is necessary to protect public safety. The department has examined the following factors in making this determination: the property is located within the densely populated downtown area of the city of West Bend, and the area is highly developed both commercially and residentially.

The department's initial assessment of the allowed Nature-Based Outdoor Activities [PDF] may be downloaded from the Stewardship Public Notice page on the DNR website, or you may request a hard copy by contacting the project contact listed below.

Public written comments on the proposed acquisition can be mailed to Sara DeBruijn, DNR Grant Specialist, 414-263-8704, Community Grant Specialist, Wisconsin DNR

Southeast Regional Headquarters, 2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212, or sent by email to Written comments will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. In accordance with s. NR 52.04 (2) (b), Wis. Adm. Code, objections about the prohibited activities on this property must show the proposed prohibition to be inconsistent with s. 23.0916 (2) (b), Stats., and s. NR 52.05, Wis. Adm. Code.

For more information about the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, visit the DNR website. To receive email notices of Stewardship Grant project news releases, please subscribe through the DNR website.

Last Revised: Monday, December 09, 2019

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