The evolution of Reigle Family Park is a great one. In the fall of 2016 the Kewaskum Athletic Association and the Kewaskum Youth Soccer Organization began to discuss the space needs of both youth organizations. A need for additional baseball and soccer fields in the community was evident. Currently, Kiwanis Park in the Village of Kewaskum serves the needs of both organizations, but the growing number of families and children involved in youth sports and activities has exceeded the carrying capacity of just one park. The search for land opportunities began and a story was featured in the Kewaskum Statesman in April 2017, announcing the opportunity for the KAA and KYSO to purchase land outside the village. James D. Reigle, former president and CEO of his family’s business, Regal Ware, Inc., headquartered in Kewaskum, read the story and appreciated the need for increased space for area youth. His family owned 31 acres of undeveloped land located in the center of the village. With a great location, a two-acre pond and towering pines, the property was perfect for a neighborhood park. Mr. Reigle contacted the KAA and offered to donate the property on behalf of his family to the Village of Kewaskum, with the intent that the property be developed into a family park under the direction of the KAA and the KYSO.
On October 12, 2017, the family of James D. Reigle officially donated the property to the Village of Kewaskum. As key stakeholders, the KAA and KYSO now have the opportunity to develop this gift into a facility to serve generations to come. With diverse features and a beautiful landscape, Reigle Family Park is the ideal location to place athletic fields, nature and walking trails, and family picnic areas. The opportunity to link Kewaskum’s River Hill Park, Reigle Family Park and Kiwanis Park by a bike and walking trail also exists. This trail would intersect with the 31-mile Eisenbahn State Trail that currently runs through the center of the village, making the parks accessible to residents in Kewaskum and surrounding communities.