Korth Park – Development as of 2006
Korth Park Master Plan
- Master Plan approved by County Board in February, 2001
- Large shelter on top of hill, shelter on Elm Point Road, shelter on Korth Lane, and associated toilets
- Multi-purpose trails (approximately 2.5 miles) through prairies and woods, and along lake for bikers, walkers, runners, cross-country skiers.
- Other recreational amenities include swing sets, council ring (near large Oak tree between lake and top of hill), and sledding hill (near Korth Lane)
- Restorations include woodland, prairie, wetland, and shoreland
- Boundary screening with trees
Park Development Accomplishments
- Elm Point shelter, pit toilets, and parking lot installed
- Visioning for shelter on top of hill
- Sewer lateral in place for future toilets associated with shelter on top of hill
- Shoreland trail and woodland trail installed and maintained. Trail system connected to the Glacial Drumlin State Trail.
- Trees planted throughout park and for boundary screening (majority of costs of trees covered by State Urban Forestry Grant)
- Main entry road installed
Prairie Restoration Accomplishments
- More than 46 acres of prairie restored so far (approximately 4 more acres to go)
- Majority of seed was donated
- Parks Department staff trained for future fire management of prairies (paid for by State Urban Forestry Grant and Friends of Korth Park)
Shoreland Restoration Accomplishments
- Planting of flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees in the shoreland area is mostly completed
- Repair of shoreline erosion completed
- All costs associated with restoration are covered mainly by 2 State Lake Protection Grants. Labor by County staff and volunteers make up the County match for the grant. The Rock Lake Priority Project funding covered a small part of the restoration.
- Approximately 80 volunteers have spent more than 230 hours working on the shoreland restoration.
Woodland Restoration Accomplishments
- Woodland management plan completed (majority of funding covered by State Urban Forestry Grant)
- Removal of invasive species (garlic mustard, honeysuckle, buckthorn, etc.) is underway using mainly Parks Department staff and some volunteers.
- Parks Department staff trained on woodland management including disease control and tree removal (paid for by State Urban Forestry Grant and Friends of Korth Park)
Wetland Restoration Accomplishments
- Wetland restoration near shoreland area installed (partial funding provided by the Rock Lake Priority Lake Project)