Thursday, October 30, 2014

Community Needs Assessment Survey




The Village of Little Chute Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department is in the process of updating our Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP). Rettler Corporation of Stevens Point will be assisting in the process.

The CORP is an important document that assists public officials and parks staff in making decisions about facilities and services in the coming years and public input is an important part of the plan.

We are looking for input from people that use village parks and their amenities. We hope that you will be willing to assist us by completing our needs assessment survey by the Friday, November 21 survey deadline. 

The survey can be accessed at the following link:

We appreciate the time and input from everyone!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

20th Anniversary Celebration

The Gerard H. Van Hoof Library in Little Chute will be enjoying its 20th year of service to the community this year! Help us celebrate this occasion at our Anniversary Celebration scheduled for Saturday, November 1st. We'll have refreshments, prize drawings, book giveaways, face painting, henna tattoos, crafts, and activities for the entire family. Be sure to note the following events and plan to spend the day with us.
10:00AM - Welcome by Joan Scherer of the Van Hoof Family
10:15AM - Kiddie Costume Parade with McGruff
Hey, kids! Put that Halloween costume back on and join in our costume parade being led by McGruff the Crime Dog.
10:30AM - Stuart Stotts in Concert
Madison-area author and singer, Stuart Stotts, will help us celebrate with fun songs and stories for the whole family!
11:00AM to 1:00PM - Festive Balloons
Local balloon artist Dorothy Vander Wyst will be on hand to create fun balloon creatures for library visitors.
11:30AM - 1:00PM - Food from local vendors available for FREE lunch
11:45AM to 1:00PM - Lawrence University Academy of Music
Students from the Lawrence University Academy of Music will share their talents on the library stage. Enjoy violins, cellos, and guitars.
1:00PM - Author Visit: Michael Perry
Best-selling Wisconsin author, Michael Perry, will visit and help us celebrate reading, writing, and libraries.
We hope you'll save the date and join us for a fun day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wild Flower Planting at Island Park

What is your
favorite color? 
Is it Blue, Green,
Yellow, Red?
Without question
our favorite color

Mother Nature has been providing us with some magnificent colors in Little Chute.  As the leaves change and the colors come out in abundance, numerous families are enjoying the fall beauty at Island Park and Heesakker Park.  The recent addition of a large wild flower planting on the levy hillside at Island Park is a site to see right now!  That is why our favorite color is October!  The pictures of the blooming wild flowers are gorgeous, and we hope you agree.

This is the Village’s first wild flower planting project in a park.  The planting is located on the north side of Island Park, which is the canal levy hillside.  The hillside planting area is over 300 feet and it contains over a dozen different wild flowers, including Larkspur, Four-O’Clock, Lupine, Poppy, Gaura, Poppy, Mint, Marigold, and more.  This deer resistant planting provides an improved habitat for birds & butterfly’s, improves the aesthetic beauty of the park, and also reduces the village’s costs to maintain the parks open space. 
This new addition is one of many alongside the Heritage Parkway Trail that connects Island Park to Heesakker Park.  If you haven’t yet checked out the trail, or even if it’s been a while, there’s no better time than October.  The paved asphalt trail is accessible by everyone.  You can enjoy this wonderful trail for exercise, recreation, or just sightseeing.  Take a break and enjoy the view of the Fox River on one of several memorial benches along your journey.  While on the pedestrian bridge connecting the parks, there is a scenic overlook area in the middle of the bridge that is well worth the stop.  This is where you can get a birds-eye view of the Combined Lock.  This vantage point is a great spot for picture taking as the view is something you have to see. 

Get on out to Island Park, enjoy the walking trail, and be sure to tell your friends!  Remember to bring your four legged friends as well.  Dogs that are leashed and licensed are always welcome to enjoy the trail.  Please be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your pet.  There are several waste receptacles along the path for your convenience.    We truly hope that everyone enjoys all the wonders our Little Chute parks have to offer. 

Please continue to give us your feedback as well, and we’ll keep improving.  Working together we have a strong community with amenities we can all be proud of.  See you on the trail! 
~ Little Chute Parks, Recreation & Forestry Dept.