Monday, August 26, 2013

Little Free Library Donated By Edison Middle School Students

6th Graders from Edison Middle School recently raised funds to support the installation of a new Little Free Library in Bellevue.  Efforts to raise funds were coordinated with Nancie Brennan of Bellevue.

The new Little Free Library is located outside the Village's Public Safety Building at the corner of Ontario Road and Eaton Road.

Little Free Libraries are popping up all across the area.  Theses little boxes are free book exchanges, where anyone can 'take a book' and 'give a book'.  

The idea and mission of a Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges.   For more information on the Little Free Library program, go to:  http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Communities: Social Equity

Social Equity: Second pillar in the National Recreation and Park Association Three Pillars

Goal: Ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.


Public parks and recreation are one of the only places that can say we welcome everyone. No matter the color of their skin, age, income level or ability- everyone has access. When people are able to come together and feel welcomed and connected, a community has the chance to grow. When a community has a chance to grow together, an economy also has a chance to grow. Businesses want to come to flourishing communities.

Social equity is the foundation that allows everyone to benefit from the improved health and restorative green space that public parks and recreation provide.




Parks and recreation truly build communities – communities for all.

Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Finishes With August 26th Concert.

The Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host "Scotty Meyer Band" at next Rockin' in Josten summer concert.

Bellevue, WI, August 19, 2013:  The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series will end this summer on August 26, 2013 and will feature local area talent ‘Scotty Meyer Band’. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets. Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Bellevue Lions Club who will be available selling concessions.

The Scotty Meyer Band has been performing in and around the Fox Valley since 2000. Their music is a rocky edge with a new soulful blues vibe. They gain some inspiration from Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, but always create their own unique style.With their great guitar work
and great vocals you will be left wanting
more.They are passionate about their music
and are ready to show you a good time!

For more information visit the Village's website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org/rockin or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

30th Annual Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department to host the “30th Annual Bellevue Chili Cook- Off” on August 25, 2013.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will once again be hosting the Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook- Off. This event is a great opportunity to bring families throughout the community and the surrounding communities together and enjoy a variety of delicious chili recipes.

The event will be filled with music, children’s games, food, drinks and a market place craft show/sale. Of course there will be a chili cook-off to find our areas best of the best chili. The funds rose during the 30th Annual Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off will help support the Bellevue East Town Optimists club.

Our Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road) on Sunday, August 25, 2013. The event will start at 11am and go until 5pm.

 For more information visit the village’s website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Communities:Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness: Second pillar in the National Recreation and Park Association Three Pillars

Goal: Leading the nation to improved health and wellness through parks and recreation.

We are plagued by poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy habits; with this America is seeing a growing rate of obesity. It is important to have programs that provide opportunities for healthy lifestyles. Local parks and recreation are little to no cost, available in nearly every town, city and community and are a perfect solution


Parks and recreation are enacting strategies focused on improving access to healthy food, increasing opportunities for physical activity, decreasing tobacco consumption, and so much more.


Making a difference: Montgomery, AL was named the most obese city in 2010. However with the leadership from their park and recreation agency they were able to reduce the rate of obesity from 34 to 30.9 percent, making them only 15th city on the obesity list in 2012.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Communities: Conservation

Conservation, the first pillar in the National Recreation and Park Association Three Pillars

Goal: Protecting open space, connecting children to nature, and engaging communities in conservation practices.

Some of our best memories come from splashing around in a stream, making make-believe lands in the forest, or just being in the wilderness with our parents. We treasure these memories; if we continue conserve natural resources we can give children in the future the same chance at these experiences and memoires.

We need to be the leaders in the communities about conservation. We need to make sure children are being connected to nature; we need to make sure they are informed, so future generations continue to experience the beauty of natural resources. Our passion for natural resources needs to be passed down to our children, so our land, water, trees, open space, and wildlife stay protected.

Parks and public lands serve an essential role in preserving natural resources and wildlife habitat, protecting clean water and clean air, and providing open space for current and future generations.



  • Watch how Five Rivers MetroParks engaged their community to help save trees after the Emerald Ash Borer threatened their existence.






  • Top ten recommendations on how to implement conservation practices in your community
    1. Take a leadership role in the community to promote conservation
    2. Lead by example in employing best management conservation practices in parks
    3. Protect natural resources in parks and in the community
    4. Forge partnerships that foster the mission of conservation
    5. Create sustainable landscapes that demonstrate principles of conservation
    6. Engage youth in conservation – get kids and teens outdoors and enjoying their parks
    7. Involve volunteers in conservation stewardship
    8. Establish a strategic land acquisition strategy
    9. Conserve energy in all ways
    10. Utilize technology to promote conservation

    Monday, August 5, 2013

    “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on August 12th

    The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host “Spin” at the next Rockin’ in Josten second concert of 2013.

    The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on August 12, 2013 and will feature local area talent ‘Spin’.The concert is free and open to the general public.

    Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Bellevue Lions Club who will be available selling concessions.

    For over ten years Spin has wowed crowds all over Wisconsin with their high energy rock n roll. Spin can give you the Rock n Roll Experience!

    Spin is a versatile band that covers a huge variety of killer songs. Firing up the dance floor with great 80’s and 90’s music. They’re the band that can cover all the songs you thought only a DJ could handle. Spin is the life of your party!

    And talk about excitement! This band feeds off the audience and gives it right back. They know how to entertain. It’s time to dance like no one is watching!!!

    For more information visit the Village's website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org/rockin or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.