Milwaukee Park to Solve H-D Housing Crunch

June 12, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Milwaukee Park to Solve H-D Housing Crunch

Whitnall Park in a Milwaukee suburb has been mentioned as the possible site for a makeshift RV campground to serve visitors coming to Milwaukee this summer for the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson.

Milwaukee County is considering offering one of its parks to help ease the space crunch for visitors during the Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Milwaukee, Wis.

The Parks Committee approved a proposal Tuesday (June 11) by Supervisor Mark Borkowski to create a temporary RV campground within the county parks system. The RV park would be used for “dry camping,” so it wouldn’t include electrical outlets or equipment hookups, The Business Journal reported.

Harley is expecting more than 100,000 visitors for its 110th anniversary celebration, and hotel rooms already are scarce. A few hotels are charging as much as $600 a night during the event, as reported by The Business Journal on May 31.

Campgrounds also are filling up, Borkowski said. He thought of the proposal when a constituent told him that his friends were unable to find space at Wisconsin State Fair Park’s RV campground.

“Maybe there’s a market out there,” he said.

The parks department is considering Whitnall Park in Franklin near the winter activity area as a possible location, he said. Fees, which haven’t been determined, would cover county expenses such as trash pick-up and portable toilets.

But Borkowski said it might be too late to put the proposal together. Most people, especially those with RVs, probably have already made their plans, he said.

“I have my doubts, but I’m intrigued enough to try it,” he said.

The proposal will move to the full County Board on June 20.



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