An outdoor open house to learn about the future plans of Chippewa Park is in the works.

The event will take place Tuesday, July 14, from 4-7 p.m. at the park, 9461 County Rd 108 NW, Brandon.

The Douglas County Park and Recreation Department invites the public to not only learn about future plans, but to also share their thoughts and ideas for the park.

For those who can’t attend the open house in person, there will be additional opportunities to view the park concepts and also take a survey.

Although the majority of the land is in a swamp known as Redick Swamp, the Douglas County Public Works department purchased a parcel of land on the northeast side of Chippewa Park in May 2019.

Out of the nearly 50 acres, roughly seven acres are usable. The land was purchased from Tom Marcella for $35,000.

In February 2020, Brad Bonk, Douglas County parks superintendent, received approval to hire Hagstrom Engineering to complete a master plan for Chippewa Park. The master plan was developed to help the county figure out future plans for the park, which include adding playground equipment, a possible storm shelter and dump station for the campground.

About the park

Chippewa Park is nestled between Devils and Little Chippewa Lake in Brandon Township. The park dates back to 1985 when a group organized as the West Douglas County Park and Historical Development Association approached the Douglas County Board of Commissioners about buying a piece of property known as “Hilliards Park.”

The property was owned by Hilliard and Delores Nelson for about 50 years, according to the county website. As the Nelsons approached retirement, it was their wish that the park be saved and used for the future.

Chippewa Park is unique in that it’s the only county park in Douglas County that supports camping. Currently, there are 14 total sites and a shower building at the campground.

The park has facilities for small or large group picnics, and according to the website, it is a popular spot for swimming and fishing.