David and Rita Nelson Family Heritage Crossing

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What is the David and Rita Nelson Family Heritage Crossing (formerly known as Fox River Boardwalk)?

The David and Rita Nelson Family Heritage Crossing is a 1,100 foot bicycle and pedestrian connection between Heesakker Park in the Village of Little Chute and an expanded rail trail in the City of Kaukauna. The David and Rita Nelson Family Heritage Crossing has been fully funded, thanks to grants and gifts from generous organizations and community members. The project is scheduled to open in 2021.

How will this Project Benefit the City of Kaukauna?

Parks and trails encourage physical activity (walking, biking, dog-walking, and running, to name a few). More than 60% of Fox Cities area residents are overweight or obese. We hope that this project will be a part of reducing that percentage. Bicycle and pedestrian trail amenities attract people and spending to our area. An estimated $535 million dollars was spent by out-of-state bicycle tourists in the state of Wisconsin in 2016. Proximity to parks and trails make neighborhoods more desirable places to live and increase property values.

A goal of this project is to connect existing trail systems to make them more accessible for residents. A roughly 10-mile loop will be created between Kaukauna, Little Chute and Combined Locks by the Nelson Crossing connection. A larger loop connects to other Fox Cities communities, too.