Wisconsin Fair Board Considers RV Park Move
Members of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board on Monday (June 8) briefly considered approving but later postponed a plan to solicit offers to develop two parcels on the northeast side of the grounds and relocate the RV park.
Craig Barkelar, the fair’s interim director and CFO, said the Fair Park needed to look for new ways to generate revenue instead of relying on the 11-day fair, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
This year, because of the state’s dire budget situation, the Fair Park deficit could approach $8.5 million.
But while the Fair Park in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, needs new revenue, board members said they were uncomfortable moving quickly on formal requests for development proposals.
One parcel is 5.75 acres and abuts I-94. The second parcel is 6.25 acres and includes the current recreational vehicle park. The land would be leased, not sold. The RV park, the only one in Milwaukee County, would be moved.
Barkelar had proposed offering the land in two ways. One would be the 5.75-acre parcel in the northeast corner of the park; the other would be the smaller parcel plus the land that constitutes the RV park, for a total of 12 acres.
The board instead decided to take more time to study the matter.