Face of a Brookfield park to change, landmark hangs in balance
BROOKFIELD – A piece of Wisconsin history could be in jeopardy.
The century old barn at Eble Park sits along an otherwise bustling Bluemound Road. The structure certainly stands out in a sea of shops and retailers.
Time, however, is whittling away at the building. County workers say it could disappear as part of a plan to renovate the park around it.
“We had evaluated the barn, and it’s not—at this point—where we see that it’s usable,” explained Ginny Bocek, an employee of the Waukesha County Parks System
The adjacent farmhouse, once occupied by Florence and Roy Eble, is gone—demolished last year.
Nearby sits an ice rink that’s there to stay. As for the rest of the 33-acre property? County workers say that decision is up to you.
“We have 32 acres here that we’re looking to develop, and it’s up to us, and users, and passers by to give their feedback,” Bocek said.
Monday, staffers set up an open house in the lobby of Eble Ice Rink, open to new ideas on how to improve the park.
Residents marked down many suggestions—such as a farmer’s market and a beer garden—for the remainder of the land.
Still, many home owners want developers to keep the barn.
“I think it’s important to hold on to our past, and to remember where we came from as a county, as a state, remember our farming history,” said C.J. Jacobs, who lives nearby.
According to parks staffers, 30% of the land will likely be developed. Now, they have more ideas with which to work.
“The change of times means the change of opportunities of what could possibly become of the land,” Bocek explained.
The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use is also fielding suggestions through an online survey.
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