Horicon Council Approves River Bend Park Rental For Living History Days

(Horicon) The Horicon City Council recently approved a local group’s request to rent River Bend Park for an upcoming event. The Horicon Historical Society’s Horicon Living History Days is set to return Mother’s Day Weekend after a three-year hiatus. The rental request did draw some discussion among council members. Some expressed concerns, including Mayor Josh Maas, about the ability of residents to still walk their dogs.

“We were under the impression that the park was gonna be closed,” says Maas. “As you know, tons of people that walk that trail that extends off of Larabee Street. They’re not going to be all throughout the park, they’ll just basically come through where the park horse trail is, then walk back.”    

Event officials say that it could be further discussed, which may include an admission fee for attendees to help offset costs. Another concern the council had was whether a residential street runs through the park. City Clerk Kristen Jacobson says if there is a road through the park, it would be something they need to investigate.

“So, we were going to look into that, because technically if that’s a road, you would need a street use permit, much like you guys get on Winter Street,” says Jacobson. “Then you would have a street use permit which would, if approved, would allow them to utilize the street.” 

Horicon’s Living History Days will be taking place at River Bend Park in Horicon. It kicks off on May 12th from 8am to 3pm. It continues on May 13th, open from 9am to 5pm and concludes May 14th from 9am to 3pm.