BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Brown County residents can help decide what comes next for the Brown County Fairgrounds. Local 5's Kris Schuller reports your suggestions in an online survey will shape the property's future.
For years Ralph Gajafsky has lived near the fairgrounds. He uses the property all year and calls it an asset to the area.
“With the people that come here for the fair and the different functions that go on there,” said Gajafsky.
But Brown County leaders know the fairgrounds are in dire need of improvement. With some structures standing since the 20's on land owned by the county for decades.
“Brown County is committed to spending money and we want to make sure we do this in a matter looking out into the future,” said Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach.
To do that the county has hired a consultant to develop a master plan and has set aside $3.5 million for improvements. Part of the process includes an online survey, directed at area taxpayers to gather their thoughts.
“We need your input, what do you see as a possible vision for this space,” said Streckenbach.
“Is it a rec trail connnecting communities? Is it riverfront seating or is it kayak and stand-up paddle board rental?” said Matt Kriese from Brown County Parks.
The survey asks questions on building conditions, future building needs, access to the Fox River and more.
“This will be the driving factor in the future of the fairground,” said Kriese. “We want to set the property up for 20 years.”
The county is also working with Ashwaubenon and De Pere on including improvements that benefit all three.
“More and more people are out using rec trails, it makes sense to continue on and try to make some connections between great facilities and take advantage of the waterfront,” said Rex Mehlberg of Ashwaubenon’s Parks Department.
It's a plan under development - searching for input - from more people like Ralph Gajafsky.
“I think it’s a great asset for the community.”
You can find the online survey here.
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