KD Park Development

KD Parklands Master Plan

 

The KD Park master plan highlights the importance of creating a Sustainable Living Park that emphasizes environmentally conscious planning, development, and maintenance of this park.

In 2001, Kenosha County purchased a 234-acre former gravel mine site to convert to a park which was later expanded by 113 acres with Stewardship funding in 2012. KD Park features rolling topography, a 39-acre lake, wetlands, and remnant oak savannas.

In Kenosha County received Stewardship matching funds to complete Phase One construction of park's parkway, parking lots, and stormwater management features, allowing visitors to access the park and its hiking paths and lake. 

An $8,000 grant award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will help launch the first phase of a prairie restoration plan at KD Park. Phase Two prairie restoration work also recently began with aerial spraying of the invasive species Phragmites. To learn more about this award and Phase One and Two prairie restoration efforts, click here

Kenosha County has been tentatively awarded two state grants to further develop KD Park to begin construction on the Phase Two work. These enhancements will improve access to the lake and its recreational amenities, including fishing, scuba diving, and non-motorized watercraft activities. Click here for the latest press release on this award.

Hunting permits to hunt at KD Park are available from the Parks Division
  • Permits will be issued only between 7 AM at 3:30 PM at the Public Works office (19600 75th Street, Suite 122-1, Bristol WI 53104). 
  • The KD West Hunting Permit contains special hunting restrictions.
  • Permits will only be written for 4 specific days at a time.
  • Permits include a map of the hunting area and parking.
  • The number of daily hunters is limited to 4.
  • Permits must be carried with you when hunting.

Green Ribbon Committee


Working with JJR, the three work-groups of the Green Ribbon Committee developed a master plan for the KD Park.

Phase One


Phase One of the planning process was completed in June 2011. This phase consisted primarily of gathering information including:

  • case studies of sustainability projects and communities from around the world
  • an analysis of the KD Park site (e.g., topography, existing trails, water and drainages, wetlands, etc.)
  • an assessment of the site's restoration potential
  • potential program elements, such as sustainable design building exhibits, specialty gardens, fitness stations, small-scale biomass facility, and many others

Phase Two

Construction on Phase Two work is expected to begin in 2018. These enhancements will improve access to the lake and its recreational amenities, including:
  • fishing
  • scuba diving
  • non-motorized watercraft activities
  • restoration of 12 acres of prairie
  • New multi-use trail (click here for conceptual drawings)

More Information

If you would like any further information about the plan, please contact the Kenosha County Parks office at 262-857-1869.