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Parkway to Host Seven Public Open Houses to Unveil Key Findings of Recently Completed Plan
Posted by helen on February 4th, 2013
Appleton, WI– The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway is excited to provide updates on key initiatives originally introduced during a series of public listening sessions one year ago. A comprehensive Interpretive Master Plan has been recently completed, and results will be shared at seven public open houses in order to solicit feedback.
The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, a 280 mile historic waterway in Wisconsin comprised of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers will connect and promote the natural, recreational and historic resources within the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers’ corridor and create additional opportunities for interpretation, education, recreation, and tourism. We honor and celebrate the heritage of our rivers.
“We have worked extensively with communities and river heritage enthusiasts along the length of the corridor” commented Candice Mortara, board President of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway. “Listening to what is important to each village and town was the foundation for our planning. We are pleased to share our results and eager to hear your reaction. Putting the plan into action will be dependent on buy-in and partnership. The Parkway is here to help communities and heritage sites thrive. Our focus is what is best for our partners.”
Projects that will be discussed will include: water trail development, ADA accessible canoe/kayak landings, lock house repurposing, itinerary building, kiosk and anchor site display units, corridor wide marketing and promotion, and heritage site collaboration.
Another key component of the Parkway’s successes involves fundraising. Individuals, communities and corporations can engage and invest in these worthwhile programs that will drive economic development through increased capital investments and tourism promotion. The Adopt-A-River-Mile program allows anyone to care for a portion of the river system—similar to the program involving highways.
“The Parkway will help to preserve our heritage, increase heritage and recreational tourism to sites within the 280 mile Parkway, create awareness of this region’s contributions to Wisconsin and United States’ history, tell compelling stories through partnerships, and continue to revitalize the waterway as an economic, environmental and recreational resource.” stated Mortara.
“Heritage tourists spend on average $994 per trip and 118 million tourists participate in cultural and heritage activities while traveling annually. From a purely economic perspective, tourism is one of the top three industries in the State of Wisconsin.” Mortara expounded further, “In addition to marketing all of the communities, attractions and activities the river system offers visitors, we plan to continue to educate and advocate for the tangible economic impact that visitor spending has on the entire region.”