Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP)


Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Document(s)

Plan Purpose

Parks, recreation, trails and open space are important elements in the quality of life for all communities.  Not only do parks, open space and trails provide a safe and healthy place to recreate, they also serve to beautify, protect the natural environment and influence the patterns of development in and around the community.

The Village of Mukwonago realizes the importance and benefits its parks, open space and trail systems have on the community’s character and quality of life and is committed to providing for the recreational needs of current and future residents.  This plan intends to guide the continual improvement of the Village’s park, open space and trail systems to maintain its eligibility for State and Federal park and recreation grants.  This plan envisions a connected system of parks, open spaces, and trails throughout Mukwonago, related to the community’s natural resources, geography and neighborhoods.

The plan is also intended to be a support document and component of the Mukwonago Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  This plan, along with Mukwonago’s other long-range plans and development-related ordinances, will be used to implement its parks and recreation program.

Specifically, the plan provides:

  • Information regarding demographic trends
  • An inventory of existing park and recreational facilities
  • An analysis of parkland and recreational needs and demands
  • General policy direction regarding park and open space and bicycle and pedestrian facility planning and maintenance Recommendations for improving existing park facilities and bicycle and pedestrian facilities,
  • Recommendations for new park, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and Implementation strategies.

This plan identifies conceptual locations and recommendations for different types of parks, trails, natural areas, and recreational facilities.  In nearly every case, more detailed planning, engineering, study, budgeting, and discussions will be necessary before decisions are made to actually acquire land or construct recreational facilities.

CORP and Grant Funding

The Wisconsin Legislature created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program (Stewardship) in 1989. Named for two of Wisconsin’s most revered conservation leaders, Warren Knowles (Governor 1965- 1971) and Gaylord Nelson (Governor 1959- 1963, U.S. Senator 1964-1981), the purpose of the program is to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation. The conservation and recreation goals of the Stewardship Program are achieved through the acquisition of land and easements, development of recreational facilities, and restoration of wildlife habitat.

The Stewardship grant program is the most widely used recreational grant program in the state. Eligibility for the program requires that a community maintain a local comprehensive outdoor recreation plan (CORP), updated every five years, and that the project for which grant funding is sought is described in the CORP. Many other similar state and federal recreational grant programs have similar requirements or have shown a tendency to favor those grant applications which are supported through previous community planning efforts.