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Washburn Officials Seek Public Input on Proposed Campground Expansion

Washburn (Wisconsin) officials seek public input on a proposal to add up to 12 RV spaces and five tent pads to the campground at Thompson’s West End Park.

According to a report, Assistant City Administrator Tony Janisch said an engineering study estimated that it would cost $440,892 to fully develop an area near the park that is now used for overflow camping.

Under the plan, the site will be redeveloped to include five RV sites and five camping spots with water, power, and sanitary hookups and restroom and shower facilities. Fire rings, picnic tables, lighting, grills, and Wi-Fi routers for each site would also be added.

Another location for RV development is an open field adjacent to the park’s boat launch on Holman Lakeview Drive. At that location, a plan to add seven RV sites would cost an estimated $553,408.75.

If one or both of these proposed projects are approved, Janisch stated that the city would have to seek grants to help offset the development expenses.

City Council members authorized the study in January, and the plans were reviewed at the July 11 meeting.

In that meeting, the council voted to seek residents’ opinions at sessions sponsored by the city’s park committee. They are planned for Tuesday, August 23, and Tuesday, August 30.

City Council Member Jenifer Maziasz, who also serves as chairwoman of the city’s Park Committee, said the sessions would provide a quick overview of the proposals and gather feedback.

“Thompson’s West End Park and Memorial Park are both getting extreme use, particularly in the past couple of years, as people are getting outside more because of the pandemic,” Maziasz said.

“Almost anytime you can see people in our overflow area. Last weekend it was jam-packed with tents and campers.”

Maziasz claimed that the city might satisfy the needs of accommodating tourists and locals by expanding two of the parks. The city has been considering the possibility of developing them since 2015 when the West End Park plan included the possibility of expanding to accommodate tent and RV camping.

“At West End, it was always not unheard of to be full on the weekends, but in 2020 and 2021, both of our campgrounds were full every single day, all of July and half of August, even on days like Wednesday, which before the pandemic was unheard of,” he said.

This story originally appeared on Ashland Daily Press. Featured image from City of Washburn

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February 18, 2024 11:43 pm

This proposal for a campground expansion in Washburn is an important opportunity for the community to have a say in shaping the future of our parks. I urge everyone to participate in the upcoming sessions to share their thoughts and ideas. It’s vital to consider the potential impact of the expansion on the environment and infrastructure and provide feedback to the city officials. Let’s work together to ensure this expansion benefits everyone!

March 31, 2024 11:46 pm
Reply to  ronny_rocks

Let’s make our voices heard and shape a bright future for our community parks. How can we spark even more community involvement in this endeavor?

April 2, 2024 10:39 pm
Reply to  OwenRadiant

It’s awesome that we can have a say in shaping the future of our community parks. One idea to further engage the community could be hosting town hall meetings or online surveys for everyone to contribute their thoughts. This kind of involvement truly makes a difference!

April 12, 2024 12:49 am

Have you heard? Washburn officials are keen on adding eco-friendly touches to the campground expansion! Let’s join in and share our thoughts on these exciting plans.


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