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See The Future of Village Park in 3-D

Take an up-close look at what Sussex's Village Park could look like if the village's plans for major renovations at the park win Village Board approval.

has released its most detailed renderings of the , visually outlining in 3-D what each section of the park is slated to transform into over the upcoming years.

And you don't even need 3-D glasses to see them.

From the splash-pad to the enormous baseball quad-plex, the digital drawings of the park were ordered so Sussex could get a more specific total price tag. The original engineering firm, R.A. Smith National, estimated in September that the total park renovation would cost roughly $11 million based on initial drawings.

Sussex officials say that number is expected to change as a new cost estimate is being produced by another firm, Stantec

Flip through the photos above and read more about each section of the park. Also, with Sussex Parks and Rec Director Amy Flaherty on the details of the park and the potential impact on taxpayers.

Editor's Note: The park's cost of $11 million was updated to say it was an estimate based on preliminary drawings in Sept. That price is expected to change, and the project would happen over up to 20 years to distribute funds.

Richard Head June 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The idea of improving our park and looking into future use is the way to stay above the rest, after all the village of Sussex is the best place to raise kids. I feel that residents of our neighboring communities feel the same. One thing that stands out to me is more soccer fields. If this is part of the plan, can the village plan to make a space the will be for our youth football progams. The Sussex Jayhawks have to play on a crappy field at Marcy elementry, and our flag football program has to fight for space at the middle school. Need to think about them kids as well. Armory park would be great, if you build new soccer fields at village park, that space could be utilized for football.
Joseph June 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
So why can the public teams not use the fields at the schools? Or how about the parks we currently have? Sorry, I don't buy into why we need this. Heck, Menomonee Falls is 4x as big as Sussex and I don't recall them having anything like this.
Mike B June 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Can that last photo be shown as a larger photo so we can zoom in and move around. Seeing all those tiny photos doesn't give us a good picture of the overall layout. That last picture seems to be it's so small...
Mike B June 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM
That's a very good point. The things for the kids should all be together and not spread out. Can play on the equipment for a bit, then go splash around, without having to go to a different area.
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Hey Mike. The original file can be found as a PDF on the main page of Sussex's website: http://www.village.sussex.wi.us/ It's just too huge to attach here because it's so detailed. I tried to pull all the major details of the plan into the photo gallery.
Lori June 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I agree with the plans to improve the park wholeheartedly, I just hope the board listens to the people and makes good use of the room they have. They need to listen to all the mom's and dad's and put the equipment geared for the younger kids closer together. It would be a shame to spend so much to improve and then have it be a pain to use because parents can't be in 2 places at once.
Lori June 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Would have been nice to have an actual pool us big kids could play in :)
Debi June 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Exactly right..........it seems that this current Village Board just can't find enough things to spend tax payers money on..........A TOTAL WASTE. I suggest those who think this is such a great idea to do fund raising to pay for the project.......and include the on-going costs. It's time to start a tax opposition group........I've thought about it for a few years now..........I'd call it "STOP IT".........standing for: Sussex-area Taxpayers Opposed to Paying Increased Taxes........... The ELEVEN MILLION doesn't include the yearly operating costs OR the cost of insurance................This appears to be another poorly thought out idea by an inept Board............
Debi June 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Don't be so blinded by Sussex being the best place to raise kids...........the truth is that most of the crime in the Village isn't known by the residents. A good example are the businesses that were broken into recently.........nothing was in the Sussex Sun or on the Sussex Patch, yet the Sussex Sun had the police blotter from Menomonee Falls. Come on, it's time residents realize what is going on......... How many of the people who think this is such a great idea would think the same thing if ALL the costs were paid by the users of the facility/facilities? I'm sure their tune would quickly change.............TIME FOR TAX PAYERS TO STAND UP AND JUST SAY NO !!!!!!!!!!!
Debi June 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Join the "Y" or put in a pool of your own...........the rest of us taxpayers shouldn't be expected to pay such high taxes for unnecessary items..............
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Debi - Um, pretty sure I do the police blotter once a week on Thursdays, outside of last week because the woman who sends me the list was on vacation, so you must have missed the previous ones I've posted. In addition, when you work in news, you realize the amount of crime in Sussex is SO small compared to what's happening in slightly larger neighboring communities. It doesn't even come close.
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
READERS: See the full story with the Parks & Rec director here: http://patch.com/A-vyKz It should answer a lot of questions.
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The reason why they didn't put a poll in is outline by the parks director here: http://patch.com/A-vyKz
sloowhand June 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Menomonee Falls has an even larger six field baseball complex on Mill road between Pilgrim and Lilly.
sloowhand June 21, 2012 at 08:26 PM
The local non profit (Lions), along with the sports leagues (baseball, disc golf and flag football) and the Antique Power association were all among those taking part in the public design meetings.
Mike B June 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Maybe I missed it but will they be having an open forum like they did with the Main St stuff so the public can give input? If so, do we know when?
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Yes, that's talked about a bit in the more detailed article I posted a few hours ago (http://patch.com/A-vyKz). There will be no official public hearing, but officials will be presenting these drawings and looking for comments at upcoming public events like National Night Out.
Victor Drover June 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
276, not sure that qualifies as "near the top" :)
Richard Head June 22, 2012 at 01:47 AM
The football program fills the stands on a Friday night. The need for a football field for our young athletes to keep developing their skills and compete at a level like our neighbors to the west I believe is needed. Let's face it, football brings in fans. The stands are empty at baseball and soccer except for the parents and the grand parents.
Richard Head June 22, 2012 at 01:53 AM
We are not talking about the so called crime. We are talking about the best use for the park. We need to start thinking about the future, the our kids are our future. Also the last time I checked, crime is a bit higher east of 124th street.
Common sense sussex June 22, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Let's look at our park we are trying to redo it but come on they can not even fill the adult softball league here like it use to be. We have some of the highest park fees in the area and they can't even keep the parks looking good and the diamonds are in some of the worst shape in years. All this is going to do is raise the fees for us to use the park and get nothing from it. Let's come back to reality and bring some common sense back to the village.
sloowhand June 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Can you be more specific about the condition of the parks and baseball fields?
Common sense sussex June 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Sure have you seen some of the fields they are not worked up like they use to be, grass and weeds growin on the infield dirt, regular diamond maintenace is not done anymore. Compared the the Lisbon parks ours are a shame at onetime we had some of the best baseball fields around from what other select teams have said and now Armory fields are some fo the worst. I know more people are using lisbon parks due to cost and the better care of the overall parks.
BigD June 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
How about taking care of what we have already... The village already can't afford to take care of the parks they have... Call them once and complain about the "noxious weeds" in the parks, and they will tell you that weed control got removed from the budget. That cost was $28,000 to take care of weed control in all the parks. And it got removed from the budget. This current village board needs to stop thinking about how to spend our money doing new stuff, and start taking care of what we have... Maybe if they focused there, instead of spending our money on all these 3d rendered plans, and proposal after proposal for 3 round-abouts, and new corporate parks, and main street widening, and that is in the first 6 months of the year... do you tax payers feel you got your money worth ? This is rediculous.... 11million dollars ! get all the new tenants in your new corpoarte business park to pay for the park, I'm sure they are just beating the doors down to get in there... just like all the vacant strip malls and buildings in this town. Stop spending my money foolishly !
sloowhand June 22, 2012 at 01:34 PM
There has been a change in field preparation starting this year. More of the field cost preparation will be recovered from the users, a policy being phased in over a three year period to allow organizations to adjust their budgets. Part of the new policy gives users the option to request only minimal grooming (less prep, lower rental) for practices and regular grooming (more time required, higher rental) with full chalk, etc. for games. Still shouldn't be weeds in infield.
Common sense sussex June 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
well after reading all these comments I decided to check with some of the local groups that said were working with the village on this and alot of them have come back not in favor of the design and our questioning the cost they will be charged to use the park. The current costs are out of hand and I can only imagine what the new ones will be. Just to give you an example if someone wants to rent an area and not have the frisbee golf interfee with them it costs the person $100.00. Why should we have to pay to close this when it does not cost anyone to play or the fact the village did not even pay for it but still has to maintain it. Come on lets be real here and get with it village board.
Justme July 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
What BigD said. The park doesn't get used enough the way it is. I went to the park just this last Saturday late afternoon. The weather was beautiful and there waa only 1 middle-aged man playing disc golf - nobody using the playground, tennis courts or any other of the facilities the park has to offer. This idea would be a wreckless waste of WAY too much money. Seems so obvious to me to just say NO!
T Schrei August 02, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Justme, you couldn't be more wrong. I frequent the park often for baseball and softball games.I am amazed at the amount of kids that use the disc course and the playground is always buzzing with kids. The tennis courts are not in good shape so I assume that's why they are not used as much but I do see people there. A good park system is a good representation of our community fostering recreation, friendships, and memories. Me in the Falls does bring up an excellent point. The spray park should be closer to the playground. Parking should be closer to the hardball diamond.
T Schrei August 02, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I agree with you Andy. Crime in Sussex is small compared to neighboring communities. The activities that this park will offer are great and the park will be used year round. Keeping our children occupied with activities will keep them off of the streets thus keeping our crime rates low.. Deb - stop thinking about yourself and think about the many who will use the facilities. The park will make our great village even better!
T Schrei August 02, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Menomonee Falls does have a huge baseball complex on Mill Rd. There are 8 baseball diamonds in that park. Sussex Club teams(Hamilton School District affiliated), Land of Lakes, and SLYBA have a difficult time scheduling their seasons since there are so few fields. Hamilton HS only has one hardball diamond for use and one small diamond. The othere schools don't have a field that is safe to play on unless your playing t-ball. In Sussex, there is a huge need for baseball fields, soccer fields, and football fields for the rec programs to use. My kids are older and may not use the fields but I see the need for a great park.

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