Duck Creek Trail to be completed to Pamperin Park
Kali photo/Nate Wisneski
The Duck Creek Trail currently stops at Jason Drive in Oneida after funds dried up and land ownership issues arose. After the project is complete the trail will span 10 miles across the reservation.
By Nate Wisneski - Kalihwisaks
After three years community members will get to complete their trip down the Duck Creek Trail to Pamperin Park.
Currently the trail connects to the Newton Blackmour State Trail in Seymour and stops at Jason Drive in Oneida. The crushed stone trail runs along Highway 54 and Riverdale Drive.
The trail completion to Pamperin Park in Green Bay stalled in 2008 as funding and land ownership issues came to light.
"When the tribe began construction of the trail on the Brown County side of the reservation in 2008, a landowner living next to the trail called Hobart police to claim the tribe was trespassing on his property. The police asked the tribal employees to leave and to bring in proof that the tribe owned the land. That same day, the tribe provided Hobart with documents demonstrating the tribe owns the property. However, the tribe decided to not continue with the construction of the trail because it did not want to get involved in another lawsuit. Recently, the Oneida Business Committee decided that the public benefits of completing the construction of a safe walking and biking trail outweighed the threat of litigation.," said Becky Webster, Senior Staff Attorney.
Work is set to begin Monday, November 18 and be completed during the week of December 2.
The completed trail will allow community members to get as far west as Black Creek to as far east as Pamperin Park.
"The current phase of the project, Phase II, is 4.8 miles. Phase I of the project that has been completed was 5.2 miles, for a total trail length of 10 miles across the reservation," said Paul Witek, Senior Tribal Architect.
Future plans call for the possibility of the tribe taking ownership of the train bridge inside Pamperin Park.
"The current plan is for the tribe to assume ownership of the bridge and maintain it, that has not been fully finalized yet. Once the bridge is turned over, the plan is to add decking and railings to make it safe for trail users to cross Duck Creek. The design would be similar to the bridge over a drainage way in Phase I," said Witek.
The project is being handled by the Outagamie County Highway Department.
"They did the construction work for Phase I of the trail and have completed numerous other trails in Outagamie County. Also, as a government entity they can only charge for the actual cost of the work, no profit, so they are very economical," said Witek.