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City trails ahead in its Greenway path plans

New segment should be complete by next fall

Dec. 3, 2013

A trail connecting Lilly Road to Westwood Drive through Brookfield East High School property could be ready for travel this fall, if construction goes as planned.

With 2,000 feet of asphalt and 1,000 feet of boardwalk, the trail would add to the Greenway Trail System, a series of paths that the city of Brookfield is expanding over several years.

The Parks and Recreation Commission approved the plan Dec. 2, and the Elmbrook School District has signed off on the project.

Pieces of a system

Plans for the trail system go back to the 1991 Park and Open Space Plan adopted by Common Council with the goal of integrating public parks, facilities and trails.

"It creates additional neighborhood connections," said Bill Kolstad, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

A preliminary cost estimate for the trail is $140,000, allocated in the 2013 capital budget. The city plans to advertise for bids in February and begin construction in August for completion by late fall.

Designs for another Greenway Trail segment in Lilly Heights Park were put on hold until January, Kolstad said, because the city is waiting for information from the state on how to handle the wetland area in the park.

That path would be 1,900 feet, running west from the existing trail in the park, through a city-owned corridor to Shamrock Lane. It would cost about $210,000 to construct.

Some concerns

Several residents adjacent to the proposed trail for Lilly Heights spoke against it at the Nov. 5 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, citing concerns about their security, privacy and property values.

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