The park was created under the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The
Wisconsin Legislature created this innovative program in 1989 to preserve
valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and
fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation. The
stewardship program was named for two of Wisconsin's most revered
conservation leaders, Governor Warren Knowles and Senator Gaylord Nelson,
the program has been an outstanding success. The goals of the program are:
* Preserve Wisconsin's most significant land and water resources for
* Provide the land base and recreational facilities needed for quality
These goals are achieved by acquiring land and easements for conservation
and recreation purposes, developing and improving recreational facilities,
and restoring wildlife habitat.
The program is funded with general obligation bonds. The state sells bonds
to investors now, then pays back the debt over the next 20 years. This
spreads the cost over time so it is shared with future users of public
lands. Foundations, businesses, and private citizens also contribute to
Stewardship projects, and landowners may donate land and easements too.
This leveraging of private resources with public funds is an important
ingredient in the Stewardship success story.
The success of the Knowles - Nelson Stewardship Program is wide spread
throughout Wisconsin. The Kimball Town Park stands as testimony of the
program's achievements here in the "Northwoods"
Performing Sunday was Dorothy and the Boys augmented by two.
Dorothy Walesewicz, whose parents originally owned the property and
donated it to Kimball. Don't let the name fool
you, Dorothy is a real Paisano.
Earlier this year Dorothy along
with other local Italian-Americans organized and hosted the
Paisano Picnic also held in Kimball Town Park. The purpose of the
Paisano Picnic is to promote friendship and give out information
on upcoming events. The Paisano Picnic is coming up next weekend!
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