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Posted on: November 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Middleton Finalizes Transfer of Firemen’s Park

City of Middleton Finalizes Transfer of Firemen’s Park 
Middleton Fire Company No. 1 Resumes Ownership of Historic Parkland

Middleton, Wis. – The City of Middleton has finalized a transfer of Firemen’s Park through a sale to The Middleton Fire Company No. 1, a separate and distinct non-profit from the Middleton Fire District, under the terms of a 1949 land contract between the two entities.

“Firemen’s Park is an important part of the Middleton community,” said Mayor Emily Kuhn. “We look forward to working closely with the Fire Company to preserve and maintain this important neighborhood greenspace.”

As a part of a joint land contract, the former Village of Middleton purchased the park in 1949 from the Fire Company.  During this purchase, both parties agreed that the 5.92 parcel would remain parkland subject to a reversionary clause. In 2019, the expansion of the parking lot for the Middleton-Cross Plains High School encroached on the northern portion of the park property causing an infringement. 

Working amicably over the last several years to determine the best course of action, the Fire Company and City recently agreed to uphold the founders' original intention and invoked the necessary reversionary clause.  The property was transferred back to the Middleton Fire Company No.1 on October 27, 2023. 

“This historic greenspace is an important part of our history,” said Aaron Harris, President of Middleton Fire Company No.1. “Our founders ensured the future of this land and we are committed to being stewards of their vision.” 

The Fire Company will continue to explore various options to maintain the current shelter and amenities of the park as well as future enhancements of greenspace on the parcel. 

Future inquiries for the rental and reservation of Firemen’s Park space should be directed to the Middleton Fire Company No.1.

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