Reclaiming the reclaimed
Fireman’s Park in the City of Verona, Wis., is located in along the shores of Goose Lake—a small, reclaimed quarry site and former city landfill. The park has provided a public open space for soccer, picnicking and a small swimming beach for several decades. Today, Verona is experiencing tremendous growth, which offers the opportunity to expand and improve Fireman’s Park. Reclaiming the reclaimed landscape. A community planning effort determined the best use for improvements to the facility and resulted in the selection of a consensus master plan. The plan is the culmination of three conceptual options based on community desires, permitting requirements and environmental stewardship. Careful planning will lead the expansion of the park to include a new pavilion, enhanced beach, interactive splash pad, unique play area, basketball court, improved soccer fields, multi-use trail connections and integrated stormwater management.
Unique landscapes, sustainable practices
Best Management Practices are the hallmark of Fireman’s Park. Plans for the park will incorporate sustainable practices that include porous paving, bio-infiltration, native plantings, locally-harvested materials, recycled products, a gray water system, rain harvesting, and recharging splash pad—as well as educational and interpretive signage. The splash pad will be supplied water pumped from Goose Lake through a filtration system and drained back to the source, and the recharging system itself is a first in the State of Wisconsin. The addition of a neighboring parcel of land doubles the park acreage and creates an opportunity to develop connecting multi-use trails to downtown as well as to other community and state trail systems. The Park expansion will also include pedestrian trails in woodlands and along Badger Mill Creek.
Thanks to grant opportunities and tremendous community support, Fireman’s Park will be open for public use in 2019 and enjoyed for generations to come.
City of Verona
Dan Williams, PLA, ASLA, AHLP
Senior Landscape Architect