Maple Grove Venues outside of West Salem announced on Thursday morning that 170-acres will be dedicated to community use.
Local real estate developer, Steve Nicolai, bought the former Maple Grove Country Club in 2014. After considering possible housing development, he saw a need for more open space.
"Open spaces are going to become a commodity that's more valuable than we have seen in the past with all of the development that's going on all over the country," Nicolai said. "I think the land is very valuable that stays open space, especially a former country club, golf course with all of the beautiful vegetation, ponds."
The decision opens doors to community partnerships, providing space for youth programs through Kicking Bear Foundation and creating a legacy site for athletes in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
"As far as cross country teams are concerned, space is limited to find a venue that can host teams, also the parking, the buses," said Darin Shepardson, Cross Country Coach for Onalaska High School. "It's limited. This is a jewel."
The first Country Boom music festival will be at Maple Grove Venues this summer.
To reserve the space, contact Maple Grove Venues at (608) 790-1661.