TOWN OF MUKWONAGO - With the sun dropping low in the sky over
Rainbow Springs Lake and a chickadee chirping in a bush, Gov. Jim
Doyle’s on Wednesday dedicated a 970-acre parcel as part of the
Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Nancy Gloe, president of the Friends of Mukwonago River, was
standing with a sign to welcome Doyle to the former site of the
Rainbow Springs Golf Club. Her sign read: Thank you for saving this
special place full of rare things.
Doyle said the Rainbow Springs Golf Club land, that was bought by
the state from the Feker family with money from The Knowles-Nelson
Stewardship Fund, will now be known as the Mukwonago River parcel of
the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The property, including parts of
Waukesha and Walworth counties, has a price tag of $10.8 million.
Some have questioned the need for the state to borrow the sum for
the land. However, those at the ceremony Wednesday were clearly in
support of the preservation purchase.
"Today is about turning dreams into reality," said
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.
Vrakas said people have had dreams to preserve property’s
resources and natural assets for future generations to enjoy.
"It fits into our greenway acquisition for Waukesha
County," he said of the park land.
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