Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP)
Germantown’s first Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) was developed in 1990 and has been updated four times since then. This CORP update was developed by the Village of Germantown Staff and the Park & Recreation Commission, along with a team of consultants, alongside the Village’s overall Comprehensive Planning process from 2019-2021. This plan will guide recreation management and park development for the next five years and enable the Village to apply for grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and other funding sources.
The purpose of this document is to:
- Create an up-to-date inventory and evaluation of Germantown’s existing parks, recent park improvements, and recreational trails.
- Benchmark facilities and services against standards from the County as well as other communities around the country.
- Identify the needs of all community members related to active and passive outdoor recreational opportunities
- Provide a framework for the natural resource element and cultural resource element of the Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan.
- Provides a list of recommendations to the Village to assist with its Capital Improvement Planning (CIP) efforts related to parks and open space.
Pedestrian / Bicycle Trail Master Plan
The Germantown Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Master Plan seeks to increase participation in walking and cycling for active transportation, recreation and wellness through the creation of an interconnected and safe trail network throughout the Village. This network will connect to regional and local trails across Washington County and the region, increasing access to the region for all as envisioned in the Washington County Bikeway & Trail Network Plan (linked here). To accomplish these goals, this Plan provides a detailed implementation and maintenance framework for the long term development of a trail system within the Village. This Plan identifies priority improvements to dramatically increase connectivity throughout the trail network within 1-3 years, and it includes further improvements to be pursued thereafter.
Priority improvements include trail improvements and construction of new trails along three major routes: Division Road, Freistadt Road, and Holy Hill Road. These trails will provide safer, more comfortable and inclusive connections throughout Washington County to the north and west and to the Oak Leaf Trail and Bugline Trails to the south and east. They will also provide local connections to the Menomonee River and Goldendale Creek, two significant waterways surrounded by environmental corridors in the Village. For both of these waterways, a trail is envisioned in this Plan to provide connection to them. The routing for these waterway trails requires further investigation into the sites it would traverse, the environmental features it would cross, and the best way to navigate around various public and private properties. For this, several options are identified to connect to points of interest and provide options for their future development