City of Superior unveils draft outdoor recreation plan
Imagine a covered playground where kids could play shielded from the weather in the winter months, or Carl Gullo Park going to the dogs.
Envision a stroll on a Millennium Trail that reaches State Highway 105 with a spur trail to Billings Drive and North 28th Street.
Imagine camping at a rustic site on Dwight's Point and traveling by water — paddle only — for a second night's stay on Wisconsin Point.
Those are just a handful of more than three dozen recommendations for enhancing Superior's outdoor recreation opportunities unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 16, during an open house to present the public with another chance to weigh in on the city's outdoor recreation plan.
The goal of the open house is to give the public a chance to plug any holes in the plan before it's finalized, said Linda Cadotte, Superior's director of parks, recreation and forestry.
Work on the plan started more than a year ago and involved public input through task force participation and surveys that received a broad response from the community.
The plan covers parks, the Municipal Forest and open space, motorized and non-motorized trails, and waterways in and around Superior.
The comprehensive recreation plan would replace a variety of aging plans for outdoor assets such as the parks in general, Billing Park and the Municipal Forest, Cadotte said.
Some of the projects, such as the dog park on North 28th Street, and developing motorized recreational routes through the city, have already been accomplished. They were ideas that gained broad support during a survey of the public about a year ago.
Some of the projects are in the works, like a bike and pedestrian trail to Wisconsin Point, and other ideas will lay a plan for the future.
Cadotte said it's the people that determine the value of the assets the city creates, and the public input is invaluable to the plan.
The plan includes a review process to track the city's progress on developing its assets and to consider new opportunities as they arise into the future.
The draft plan presented Wednesday will be finalized with comments taken from the public during the open house, before the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Task Force considers formal adoption. From there, the plan will be presented to the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission before going to the Council for final approval.
The goal of the plan is to establish and maintain safe, high-quality parks and recreation services for people of all ages and abilities, and to develop connected a trail system for motorized and non-motorized recreational uses that connects within the city, and to county and state trails.
Cadotte said she hopes that process will be completed within the next month or so.
Once that's done, she said the city can really start focusing on the implementation of the plan.
However, she said there is value to taking time to develop the plan.
"There's alway value in taking your time on things ... that's how you're going to get a really user-friendly product in the end, one that people are going to feel good about, invested in and committed to," Cadotte said. "All those things, you're less likely to vandalize, you're more likely to utilize and pull other people in to utilize. And that's what we want to see happen. We don't want to work on things and build things for people to say, 'We never wanted that.'"