East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC), in partnership with municipalities in the Fox Cities, completed a study for a new pedestrian / bicycle route along the northern edge of Lake Winnebago, linking communities to High Cliff State Park. The study considered accessibility, route types, land impacts, intersection crossings, amenities, and links to existing trail networks, to create connections that will serve a variety of users, such as walkers, cyclists, and others.
This project has been identified as a priority through a number of previous community planning efforts, and the study provides guidance on the route alignment, as well as design and strategies for funding and implementation. The study focuses on identifying a route that connects the Loop the Little Lake Trail, the City of Menasha, the Village of Harrison, and the Village of Sherwood along an east-west corridor to High Cliff State Park, with potential for building off of the existing Friendship Trail. As the study progresses, other spur connections and links to other surrounding communities will be identified as well.
HKGi, a planning and landscape architecture firm, was contracted to provide professional services as consultants for the study. The study began in August of 2021, was completed in September 2022, and was approved by the Commission in October 2022. Over the course of the study, this social pinpoint website was used to share information, register for events, and provide a way to gather input on the plan and planning process.