VILLAGE OF SHERWOOD - Saturday's warm weather had plenty of people finally getting out of the house to enjoy the outdoors.
One popular destination: High Cliff State Park. And those who run the park are looking to expand.
The Superintendent of High Cliff State Park says the beloved Calumet County recreation site needs a face lift.
"Our last master plan was from 1982," said Park Superintendent Carolyn Morgen.
The new plan includes more camp sites, and an updated marina.
The proposal would also add nearly 1,800 acres over the next two decades, which could cost millions of dollars paid for by the state and private donations.
"The entire master plan, with all the proposals, is over $11 million. I think of it as a long range plan, of this is where we would like to see the property go," said Morgen.
Many developments in the Village of Sherwood are actually quite close to High Cliff State Park, as you can see behind me. But the new acquisitions for the state park would be on the south side of the property. The DNR says it would only take land from people who are willing to sell.
"A Calumet County park is just to our south. It'd be an awesome opportunity to join tracks of land together so we could make a trail that would connect the properties," said Morgen.
Village of Sherwood officials say an expansion of the park would take up more open land. Yet they say it could help local businesses.
"We believe the park is a valuable asset to the Village. It brings in lots of visitors," said Sherwood Village Board member Bob Benz.
Some who frequent the park say $11 million is too high a price tag.
"I kind of like the park the way it is. It's kind of a memory from when I was a little kid, so I don't think anything should change," said Tanya Knox.
Others say the costs will pay off.
"It is small and people come here and it seems like they're always full, so I think an expansion would be nice to have here," said Eric Hietpas.
Park staff says if the plan is approved, first renovations would happen to existing areas of the park as early as next year.
A public listening session is set for May 7 at the Sherwood Village Hall.
The Natural Resources Board will make a decision about the High Cliff State Park master plan at its meetings in late June.
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