A Pleasant Pheasant Walk

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We just wrapped up another beautiful summer walk just minutes outside of Madison in Middleton.  Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett joined me on this walk in the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor, which is a wonderful shaded oasis that runs along a lush stream with the sounds of the creek adding to the peaceful atmosphere.  Although the Park was surrounded almost entirely by urban development, the trail was tranquil and serene.  The Pheasant Branch Conservancy is well-known to avid birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.  We were fortunate to have a few “birders” along who were more than willing to share their knowledge of the sounds, sights and flights of a variety of native birds.

After the walk in the Corridor, a group of us headed over to the nearby Lakeview Community Park, which is a playground for people of all ages.  It features a scenic three-acre pond with numerous natural springs, a walking path with exercise stations, and Wisconsin’s largest public splash pad.  We were met by members of Middleton’s VFW Post 8216 who presented their plans for a Veteran’s Memorial which will be built in the Park.

As always, I am so appreciative of the warm hospitality I am always shown on my “Walks With Walker.”  I thank everyone from the City of Middleton, our partners in the Department of Tourism, and everyone involved in the design and maintenance of our award-winning system of excellent parks and walkways across the State.  I encourage everyone to get out and take advantage of the countless opportunities that help make Wisconsin a top tourist destination, and I invite you to join me on one of my future walks. 

Happy Trails,

Checking out the splash pad with Penni Klein, Director of Public Lands, Forestry and Recreation in Middleton, and Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett