Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park Development

Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan

The Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park master plan (PDF) highlights the importance of creating a sustainable living park that emphasizes environmentally conscious planning, development, and maintenance of this park.

In 2001, Kenosha County purchased a 234-acre former gravel mine site to convert to a park which was later expanded by 113 acres with Stewardship funding in 2012. Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park features rolling topography, a 39-acre lake, wetlands, and remnant oak savannas. In Kenosha County received Stewardship matching funds to complete Phase One construction of park’s parkway, parking lots, and stormwater management features, allowing visitors to access the park and its hiking paths and lake.

An $8,000 grant award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will help launch the first phase of a prairie restoration plan at Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park. Phase Two prairie restoration work also recently began with aerial spraying of the invasive species Phragmites. Learn more about this award and Phase One and Two prairie restoration efforts.

Kenosha County was awarded two state grants to further develop the park to begin construction on the Phase Two work. These enhancements improved access to the lake and its recreational amenities, including fishing, scuba diving, and non-motorized watercraft activities. View the latest press release on this award.

The park, formerly referred as KD Park, was renamed in 2020 as a tribute for the service of those who are serving and those who have served. Future development of the park will incorporate therapeutic recreational programming, a military history path, reflection areas, and flags to honor all branches of military service while maintaining a sustainable focus. 

Hunting permits to hunt at Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park are available from the Parks Division

  • Permits will be issued only between 7 am at 3:30 pm at the Public Works office (19600 75th Street, Suite 122-1, Bristol WI 53104).
  • The Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park West Hunting Permit contains special hunting restrictions.
  • Permits will only be written for 4 specific days at a time.
  • Permits include a map of the hunting area and parking (PDF).
  • The number of daily hunters is limited to 4.
  • Permits must be carried with you when hunting.

Green Ribbon Committee

Working with JJR, the three work-groups of the Green Ribbon Committee developed a master plan for the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park.

Phase One

Phase One of the planning process was completed in June 2011. This phase consisted primarily of gathering information including:

  • case studies of sustainability projects and communities from around the world
  • an analysis of the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park site (e.g., topography, existing trails, water and drainages, wetlands, etc.)
  • an assessment of the site’s restoration potential
  • potential program elements, such as sustainable design building exhibits, specialty gardens, fitness stations, small-scale biomass facility, and many others

Phase Two

Construction on Phase Two work was completed in 2018. These enhancements will improve access to the lake and its recreational amenities, including:

  • fishing
  • scuba diving
  • non-motorized watercraft activities
  • restoration of 12 acres of prairie
  • New multi-use trail (view conceptual drawings (PDF))

More Information

If you would like any further information about the plan, please contact the Kenosha County Parks office at 262-857-1869.