Reclaiming the reclaimed
Fireman’s Park in the City of Verona, Wisconsin, is located in along the shores of a reclaimed quarry site, which has been reestablished as the popular and highly visited Quarry Lake. The park has provided a public open space for soccer, picnicking, and waterfront recreation for decades.
Accessible, visionary recreation
Finding themselves in a stage of tremendous growth, Verona seized upon an opportunity to expand and improve Fireman’s Park. The City partnered with MSA Professional Services, Inc. (MSA) to develop a Master Plan for the park, and along with citizen input, determined the best direction for facility improvements and a new recreational vision. The plan was the culmination of three conceptual options based on community desires, permitting requirements and environmental stewardship.
Careful planning led the expansion of the park to include a new pavilion, enhanced beach, interactive splash pad, unique play area, basketball court, picnic areas, improved multi-use athletic fields, accessible trail connections and integrated stormwater management. The addition of a neighboring parcel of land doubles the park acreage and creates an opportunity to develop connecting trails to downtown as well as to other community and state trail systems. The Park expansion also includes pedestrian trails in the adjacent woodlands and along Badger Mill Creek.
Thanks to grant opportunities and tremendous community support, Fireman’s Park officially opened for public use in 2019 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on July 31. As the only outdoor aquatic recreation facility in the City of Verona, the beach and splash pad provide options for water lovers of all ages and abilities to cool down on hot summer days. This reclaimed, revitalized City park is sure to provide residents and guests with recreational entertainment for generations to come.
City of Verona
Dan Williams, PLA, ASLA, AHLP
Senior Landscape Architect