In April of 2018 the Village of Little Chute and City of Kaukauna received two large grants from Outagamie County and the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region towards this project totaling over $1,250,000. To date, the project has received $1,770,000!
GENERAL INFORMATION The Village of Little Chute and City of Kaukauna are working together along with Outagamie County and the rest of the Heart of the Valley to create a regional trail system along the Fox River. The entire trail system once complete would be 13.5 miles in length and travel through Little Chute, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Appleton, and Buchannan. The Boardwalk would be the center piece of this trail system extending over the Fox River.
In 2016, the Village and City entered into a contract with GRAEF Engineering to perform a Cost Analysis and Feasibility Study on a Multi-Modal Boardwalk that would cross the Fox River from the Heritage Parkway Trail in Little Chute to the recently acquired abandoned railway on the Kaukauna side. The goals of this study were to get input from the communities on this project, create a concept plan based off of the community feedback, investigate funding options, investigate further partnerships, and create a project cost estimate. The two communities also hosted four public informational meetings on this project in October and November of 2016 and January of 2017. The final report is located at the top of this page.
In 2017, the Village and City again entered into a contract with GRAEF Engineering to perform a environmental analysis, borings in the river, soil sampling, further engineering, and further cost estimating for this project. The final report is located at the top of this page.
Current Trail Attendance
The Heesakker Bridge, Heritage Parkway Trail, and Mill Street Bridge have been heavily utilized since 2012. We have a trail counter located on the Heesakker Bridge. The statistics from that tracker are listed below. The average attendace per year that cross the bridge is 24,566. It is a very popular trail system for the Village of Little Chute.