Planning & Parks

Park Reservations

Our department has recently switched to a new online reservation system for our park spaces. If you would like to make a reservation please visit Parks, Recreation & Culture.

Winter sports report for Ozaukee County Parks - dated January 20th, 2022

With the frigid temperatures, Mee-Kwon Park will now be open for ice skating. The sledding hill at Mee-Kwon Park is in poor condition. Hawthorne Hills sledding is open, but conditions are very icy. Due to lack of snow, cross-country ski trails at Mee-Kwon and Tendick Nature Parks have not yet been groomed. As always, Pay-for-Play Frisbee golf is available at Tendick Nature Park. It does appear that snow is in the near future. Please check back next week for hopeful changes.

Holiday Gifts

Are you looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season? View our Holiday Gift Guides below!

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Construction Update at Lion's Den Nature Preserve

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department (Department) is constructing a new pavilion building at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve. The building includes indoor bathrooms and an open-air picnic shelter designed by Kueny Architects, LLC and constructed by Mike Koenig Construction Co, Inc. Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve is the most visited park in the Ozaukee County Park System and until now, the park has been serviced by rental portable toilets, which have been inadequate due to increased park usage. This project is expected to greatly enhance the Park user experience.

Construction activities are scheduled to be significantly complete by Summer 2022. For additional project information, please contact the Department office at 262-238-8257.

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Virmond Park Stairway Donations

Donations for the Virmond County Park Staircase Construction Project can be made online by clicking the button below, or by mail. All donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to donate by check, please make the check payable to "Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department" with "Donation - Virmond County Park Stairway Project" in the note line.

Mail checks to:

Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department

Attn: Andrew Struck

121 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 994

Port Washington, WI 53704

Donors who give $100 or more may choose to have a brick engraved with a message of their choice as a permanent part of the path leading to the stairway. Visit our Donations & Gifts Page for more details!

(PayPal is returning an error message if paying with a credit card before logging into a PayPal Account. If you would like to pay directly with a credit card without using PayPal, please call the Planning and Parks Department at 262-284-8257)

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Construction Update: Lake Access Staircase 

Construction on this unique public access stairway to Lake Michigan is approximately 50% complete.  To date, this work was largely completed during the winter months. A phased construction schedule has been necessary due to grant funding timelines and suitable site conditions.  Department staff, contractors, and other partners have been continually observing site conditions throughout 2021 for suitable, safe access to continue project activities.  The remaining construction work will resume in late fall 2021 and winter 2022 under frozen conditions, with expected completion in summer 2022.  Restoration activities will continue into spring and summer 2022 as site conditions and remaining grant match funding allows.

More information can be found here.

Proposed amendment to the County-Owned Lands Zoning Ordinance/Map through addition of the “County Highway KK Property” and subsequent rezone to G-1. 

Public hearing scheduled during the Ozaukee County Natural Resources Committee meeting Thursday, December 2nd, 8:00AM in the Auditorium of the Ozaukee County Administration Center, 121 W. Main Street, Port Washington, WI 53074.

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department is constructing a new open-air shelter at Covered Bridge Park. Please see the link below for detailed information on the project.

The Department and its consultant completed the design, engineering, and public bidding for a new multi-purpose building at Covered Bridge Park, which will include bathrooms, a picnic shelter, and a storage area for equipment and supplies. The new building, currently under construction by a private contractor, is located at the southwest corner of the Park near Covered Bridge Road and Cedar Creek Road. The building design and exterior colors have been selected to complement the architecture and colors of the historic Covered Bridge. Covered Bridge Park is a highly visited site in the Ozaukee Park system and routinely is the location for large groups and events, including weddings. This project will improve Park user experience and alleviate the need for staff to bring in equipment and supplies for Parks maintenance from offsite. Construction activities are scheduled to be complete by January 2022.

More information can be found here.

Important COVID-19 Update:

At this time, all Ozaukee County Parks and facilities remain open. If you chose to visit one of the parks, please remember CDC guidelines.

HH Peters Youth Camp will be closed and will not be taking reservations for June. Updates will be provided as further information dictates.

Information about Department staff availability: To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of our communities, a majority of Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department staff are transitioning to telecommuting and will not be available in person. This move is consistent with public health guidance to limit exposure. Our staff who are able to work remotely will do so and will be able to respond to inquiries through email and Facebook. We are working with staff who cannot work remotely to accommodate their situations. Social distancing and preventing potential infections are key areas we can help with to hopefully curtail the impacts of this outbreak.

To contact Department Staff please reference the following list:

  • Andrew Struck, Director – Email
  • Matt Aho, Program Manager - Email
  • Natalie Cotter, Planning and GIS Specialist - Email
  • Jon Stahl, Golf Course Superintendent - Email
  • Kristina (Tina) Kroening - Conservation Biologist - Email
  • Ryan Miller - FP/Ecological Program Assistant II - Email
  • Evan Hewes - Golf Courses Pro Shop Supervisor - Email
  • Cindy DeGroot - Administrative Manager – Email
  • Angie Richter - Natural Resources and GIS Technician - Email

The Department phone number is still active and being monitored for calls: 262-284-8257

With an increase in the prevalence of COVID-19 in and around Ozaukee County, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain the current level of services. Park visitors may want to bring hand sanitizer with them as they go out to our parks, just to be safe. At this time we are not able to wipe down playground equipment, tables, or other surfaces at the parks.

For more information on COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health page:

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"To provide opportunities for Ozaukee County residents and visitors of Ozaukee County to appreciate and enjoy the natural and cultural resources, local ecology, recreational experiences, well planned sustainable growth and improved quality of life in Ozaukee County through the preservation, restoration and management of natural resources, increased awareness and education, stewardship, promotion of tourism, comprehensive planning, and the acquisition, development, enhancement and operation of large scale, intergovernmental recreational opportunities including exceptionally well-maintained golf courses, multi-use trails and parks."

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The Ozaukee County Fish Passage Program Accepts the Wisconsin DNR External Partner Award

WDNR External Partner Award