BLAHNIK HERITAGE PARK
Blahniks have lived in the Town of Ahnapee since 1855 when George and Katharine (Blaha) Blahnik arrived here from Bohemia with their five sons.
Wenzel, a grandson of George and Katharine, farmed in Ahnapee, along with his wife Dorothy. Wenzel and Dorothy owned 23 acres of property along the Ahnapee River. When Wenzel died, he willed the land to his daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Paul Brookhyser of Newport, Oregon. The Brookhysers decided to donate the property to the county to be used as a park.
The land is a prime spot, located between the Ahnapee River and the Ahnapee Trail. The nature trails leading through the woods to the river provide easy access to fishing and picnicking as well as cross-country skiing, bird watching, dog training, canoeing, and science education. The area also welcomes snowmobilers, horseback riders, and bicyclists.
Blahnik Heritage Park is the result of many hours of planning and work by area volunteers including but not limited to the Blahnik Heritage Park Volunteer Advisory Group, Friends of the Ahnapee State Trail, Ahnapee River Watershed Alliance, Kewaunee County Garden Club, the Kewaunee County Promotion and Recreation Committee, Kewaunee County Finance and Public Property Committee, and the Kewaunee County/UW-Extension Development Educator and Educator Assistant. Grants were applied for and received.
The park was dedicated September 23, 2008. Blahnik Heritage Park is located about three miles north of Algoma off Hwy 42, one half mile west on Washington Road.