Another part of the TIF project involved the development of a new park. The Village bought 20.7 acres of land between Grange Avenue and Woodside Drive, between 116th and 121st Streets, and north of the WEMP studios. Because a large part of the acreage was wetlands, it would never be buildable according to the Department of Natural Resources. Instead, two ponds, a wetland, six ball diamonds, and a park building added recreational space to the Village. By action of the Board, the area was named Schoetz Park after David Schoetz, Village Attorney since 1952.
In 1986, an area consisting mainly of wetlands was converted into Schoetz Park. Featuring two ponds, a park building, and six baseball diamonds, it was transformed into a perfect recreational space.
The ball diamonds are heavily used, and with players and spectators, the parking lot and neighboring streets can be jammed. With other activities available, the park is a busy place. A special feature of Schoetz Park is a County- stocked fishing pond that gives youngsters, perhaps, their first fishing experience. In addition to receiving TIF funding, tax money and support from local businesses and residents helped in the develop- ment of this new park.
This brief history of our park and league is an excerpt from a book published by the Hales Corners Historical Society. Special thanks to them for use of this content. Please visit their site to learn more about our Village and buy the book!
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