Townline Lake Park to see improvements over five years

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 6:06 PM CDT
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CRESCENT, Wis. (WSAW) - An Oneida County Park will soon have new life thanks to a group of concerned citizens.

The group, Friends of Townline Lake Park, plan to upgrade the park to make it more family friendly.

About half of the nearly 20 acre park had plans to be sold for redevelopment, but Friends of Townline Lake Park came up with plans to improve it which ultimately saved it from being destroyed.

“It’s a beautiful lake front spot, beautiful clear water, beautiful wilderness all around you so the potential here is limitless,” Friends of Townline Lake Park Chairperson David Walters said.

The fate of Townline Lake Park has been in limbo for nearly a decade, causing the Oneida County board to limit the park’s budget and leave it abandoned.

“I don’t think the park was used the way that it should have been and the county saw that and they decided why should we pour resources into a park that’s not being used?” Walters said.

Walters said the county board wanted to sell 8.3 acres of the park, but the pandemic has caused more people to go outdoors, so Walters’ group presented a plan to save it.

“They realized that there was a lot of constituents that saw the value in this park and wanted to restore it, they listened and that was just a huge, huge thing,” Walters said.

The friends plan to restore the park, have garbage pickup, bathrooms, install an ADA compliant pier, connect bike trails, and make it more family friendly.

“Talk about a gem, there’s a gem in Oneida County,” Oneida County Board Supervisor Bob Mott said.

Mott said the project is a team effort, the forestry and recreation committee is helping with restoration and over 1,700 people signed a petition to save the park from being sold.

“It shows that volunteerism can work and you can accomplish something and that public elected officials don’t turn deaf ears to everything,” Mott said.

Walters said the amount of community support has been overwhelming and many are excited.

They plan to slowly roll out these new plans over the next five years.

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