Origin of the Name
Originally named "Greenfield Recreation Complex", the site was officially dedicated Stanley J. Konkel Park in 1990 recognizing the significant dedication and efforts Mr. Konkel displayed in 34 years of service to the community on the Park and Recreation Board.
1979-1989 The original parcels of Greenfield's largest park were purchased by the City in 1979/80 with the aid of Community Development Block Grant funding. Debate over development of the site ran high for most of the 1980's. Eventually in 1988/89, 2 official softball fields with lights were completed along with a supporting parking lot area.
In 1992/93 the shelter/concessions/restroom facility and large playground area were added. In 1994 the "sand volleyball center" (4 courts) was completed to "round out" current park facilities. In 1994 Milwaukee County deeded to the City over 16 acres of adjacent land expanding the site to its current size.
Walkway/Trail System Beginning in 2002 “The Year of the Trail” construction began on the long awaited comprehensive multipurpose walkway/trail system within the Park. The trail provides for potential connections to neighboring schools to further enhance park accessibility and recreation opportunities. The features of the trail system include:
320 lineal feet of boardwalk through the wetland area with a wetland overlook
Approximately 5100 lineal feet of asphalt path
Decorative trail lighting throughout the trail
Prefabricated pedestrian bridge crossing the Honey Creek
City Arbor Day Activities The park has also been the beneficiary of City Arbor Day activities in 1993, 1998, 2002 and 2003 (over 300 trees planted).
Konkel Park supports many department sponsored activities (adult softball, youth soccer, youth flag football, etc.), and serves as "home field" for the Greenfield High School Girls Softball Program and hosts Greenfield Little League play on a regular basis.
The largest "community events" are also held here, including the Annual 4th of July Celebration and Dan Jansen Family Festival. In 1999 and 2000, CNI Newspaper readers recognized the softball fields at the park as "Best of the Burbs".
Annual Main Venues
Annual Community Walk in the Park (September event) - Jointly hosted by the City of Greenfield Parks & Recreation and Health Departments. Attracts approximately 175-200 participants each year. Choose a 1 mile, 2 mile, or 3 mile route and participate in "I Spy An Apple" contest.
Dan Jansen Family Fest (Memorial Day weekend / 3 day event) - Hosted by Dan Jansen Family Fest, Inc. Features food, rides, musical entertainment, and a family tent. Attracts 30,000-35,000 guests annually.
Firefighter Combat Challenge - hosted by the City of Greenfield Fire Department and Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling (sponsor).
Greenfield Fourth of July celebration - Hosted by Greenfield Jaycees. Features food, rides, musical entertainment, and a family tent. Fireworks (paid for by the City) are rated as one of the top displays
Greenfield High School Girls Softball - home games plus WIAA sectional and regional games
Greenfield's National Night Out (1st Tuesday in August) is jointly hosted by the Greenfield Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Health Departments.
Greenfield Parks & Recreation Sponsored Park Activities
All-A-Glow Geocaching Event (evening event held in October) - approximately 250 participants each year.
Greenfield Older Adult Anniversary Picnic (held in July) - approximately 180-200 participants who enjoy lunch, entertainment, and bingo under a tent.
Instructional Youth Soccer (spring and fall) and Flag Football (fall)
Kamp Konkel (2 week August playground program) - approximately 60 participants each summer
Sand Volleyball Leagues (summer) - adult men's, women's, and co-rec leagues. Approximately 30 teams per year.
Softball Leagues (spring/summer and fall) - adult men's, women's, and co-rec leagues. Approximately 140 teams per year.
Park Rentals Konkel Park facilities are available to rent for picnics, family reunions, company picnics, weddings, birthday, anniversaries, etc.
Gazebo - accommodates up to 3 round picnic tables, which seat approximately 24 people.
Shelter (approx. 60 permits per year) - accommodates up to 12 8 foot tables, which seat approximately 96 people.